prepossession

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A preconception or prejudice.
  • noun The state of being preoccupied with thoughts, opinions, or feelings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of taking possession beforehand; preoccupation; prior possession.
  • noun The state of being prepossessed; predisposition; prejudice, usually of a favorable nature; hence, liking; favorable opinion.
  • noun Synonyms Bias, bent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Preoccupation; prior possession.
  • noun Preoccupation of the mind by an opinion, or impression, already formed; preconceived opinion; previous impression; bias; -- generally, but not always, used in a favorable sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Preoccupation; having possession beforehand.
  • noun A preconceived opinion, or previous impression; bias, prejudice.

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

  • noun the condition of being prepossessed
  • noun an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From pre- + possession.

Examples

  • I AM fully sensible of the greatness of that freedom, which I take with you on the present occasion; a liberty which seemed to me scarcely allowable, when I reflected on that distinguished and dignified station in which you stand, and the almost general prejudice and prepossession, which is so prevalent in the world against those of my complexion.

    Copy of a letter from Benjamin Banneker to the secretary of state, with his answer.

  • Mr. Solmes (that the prepossession which is charged upon me may not be supposed to influence me against him) I do absolutely declare,

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Though she did not encourage, she would not reject the attentions of the polite and elegant stranger, who had so much that was agreeable to say that she insensibly acquired a kind of prepossession in his favor.

    Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851

  • Sir -- I am fully sensible of the greatness of that freedom which I take on the present occasion, a liberty, which to me scarcely allowable, when I reflect on that distinguished and honorable station in which you stand, and the almost general prejudice and prepossession which is prevalent in the world against those of my complexion.

    Men of Maryland

  • Sir -- I am fully sensible of the greatness of that freedom which I take on the present occasion, a liberty, which to me scarcely allowable, when I reflected on that distinguished and honorable station in which you stand; and the almost general prejudice and prepossession which is prevalent in the world against those of my complexion.

    Scraps of African Methodist Episcopal History

  • Though she did not encourage, she would not reject the attentions of the polite and elegant stranger, who had so much that was agreeable to say that she insensibly acquired a kind of prepossession in his favour.

    Woman's Trials

  • If I have not been explicit enough in declaring my dislike to Mr. Solmes (that the prepossession which is charged upon me may not be supposed to influence me against him) I do absolutely declare, That were there no such man as Mr. Lovelace in the world, I would not have

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 1

  • With respect to the Voll of poems I have sent, [1] in your hands, I fear nothing but your prepossession in my favour, which perhaps is quite as formidable an obstacle to encounter as a prepossession on the other side, it may disappoint you, be on your guard!

    Letter 176

  • -- Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned.

    Paul Raushenbush: What Kind of Life Do You Want to Live? Reflections On Graduation Day

  • -- Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned.

    Paul Raushenbush: What Kind of Life Do You Want to Live? Reflections On Graduation Day

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