pre·​pos·​ses·​sion | \ ˌprē-pə-ˈze-shən also -ˈse- How to pronounce prepossession (audio) \

Definition of prepossession

1 archaic : prior possession
2 : an attitude, belief, or impression formed beforehand : prejudice
3 : an exclusive concern with one idea or object : preoccupation

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predilection, prepossession, prejudice, bias mean an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something. predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience. a predilection for travel prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it. a prepossession against technology prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance. a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing. a strong bias toward the plaintiff

Examples of prepossession in a Sentence

the foreign tourists' prepossessions about life in the U.S. had been formed by many hours of American TV shows tried to cure him of his prepossession with money

First Known Use of prepossession

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prepossession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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