prepossessing

[ pree-puh-zes-ing ]
/ ˌpri pəˈzɛs ɪŋ /

adjective

that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man.

Origin of prepossessing

First recorded in 1635–45; prepossess + -ing2

Related forms

pre·pos·sess·ing·ly, adverbpre·pos·sess·ing·ness, nounun·pre·pos·sess·ing, adjectiveun·pre·pos·sess·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing (1 of 2)

unprepossessing

/ (ˌʌnpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ) /

adjective

not creating a favourable impression; unattractive

British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing (2 of 2)

prepossessing

/ (ˌpriːpəˈzɛsɪŋ) /

adjective

creating a favourable impression; attractive

Derived Forms

prepossessingly, adverbprepossessingness, noun
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