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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of prepossess.
  • adj. Showing bias or partiality


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  • “But so prepossessed were they in favor of regularity and discipline, and in such contempt were these people held, that the admonition was suggested in vain.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • "One must not be in the least prepossessed in favour of the real existence of the thing," he writes in the Critique of Judgement (1790) "but must preserve complete indifference in this respect, in order to play the part of judge in matters of taste."

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  • Individual scientists - because they are prepossessed as anti-theists or atheists, for other reasons as well - say a great deal, both openly and covertly, about the idea - of a creator, that's why.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Another lifestyle choice in the age of Rathergate, Chris Matthews, Eason Jordan/CNN in Iraq, the BBC - accompanied, predictably, by a prepossessed sneer.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • His extreme youth, too, prepossessed the councillors in his favour, the rather that no one could easily believe that the sagacious Louis would have chosen so very young a person to become the confidant of political intrigues; and thus the King enjoyed, in this, as in other cases, considerable advantage from his singular choice of agents, both as to age and rank, where such election seemed least likely to be made.

    Quentin Durward

  • To remove a conviction so generally adopted, Quentin easily saw was impossible — nay, that any attempt to undeceive men so obstinately prepossessed in their belief, would be attended with personal risk, which, in this case, he saw little use of incurring.

    Quentin Durward

  • Lady Ashton prepossessed strongly in favour of the motion which Lady

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • To the prepossessed notions and vain character of Sir Sedley, these were symptoms by no means discouraging; with a confidence almost amounting to arrogance he advanced, pitying her distress, yet pitying himself still more for the snare in which it was involving him.


  • Her species of education had early prepossessed them with respect for her knowledge, and her unaffected fondness for study, had fixed their opinion of her extraordinary understanding.


  • So saying, he took Jekyl by the arm, and, gently extricating himself from the sort of crowd, walked off, leaving most of the company prepossessed in his favour, by the ease and apparent reasonableness of his demeanour.

    Saint Ronan's Well


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