Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to impress favorably; pleasing: a prepossessing appearance.
  • adj. Archaic Causing prejudice.

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  • adj. Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive; as, a prepossessing manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Predisposing the mind to favor; making a favorable impression; pleasing; attractive: as, a prepossessing address.
  • Synonyms Attractive, taking, winning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. creating a favorable impression

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Examples

  • It seemed incredible, yet it was true; it was proved to be so to me by his pricking his ears and his attentive look at the mention of the word prepossessing him in relation to the money: Government.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Volume 8

  • His face was hardly to be termed prepossessing, but it certainly did not denote the ruthless ferocity which the nature of the task he had undertaken would require, and which he exercised in its accomplishment.

    La Vend�e

  • Simply as a descriptive touch, or with the idea of prepossessing me in favour of Mr. Luzhin?

    Crime and Punishment

  • She was described as prepossessing, "open, confiding, expressing strong feelings on her countenance, but neither hardened in depravity nor capable of cunning."

    Elizabeth Fry

  • She was described as prepossessing, “open, confiding, expressing strong feelings on her countenance, but neither hardened in depravity nor capable of cunning.”

    Elizabeth Fry

  • The girl and baby disappeared as soon as I saw my father; which was not surprising, for he could not be called a prepossessing half-breed.

    Lazarre

  • The Incas couldn't understand the Spaniards' lust for silver — the metal was prepossessing, but useless; it didn't seem much worth fighting for.

    Quiet City

  • The lead character in Eyre -- is not a prepossessing beauty -- she is small and resilient.

    Stanton Peele: Three Actressing Tour de Forces

  • Molly is not a prepossessing figure when we meet her on Oct. 27, 1952, reaching for a bottle beneath her bed in a seedy London lodging house.

    The American Scholar's Wendy Smith reviews 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor

  • There is a seductive quality here, because the joy of being loved, cared for, adulated, enjoyed as an attractive being, sexually and spiritually, is prepossessing for people the world over.

    Mitchell J. Rabin: The Ways of Love

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  • Having her father's figure and features, the girl was anything but prepossessing.

    Abraham Cahan, The Rise of David Levinsky

    July 26, 2011

  • Go on, reach out and grab those preworries.

    November 28, 2008