prepossession

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noun pre·pos·ses·sion \ˌprē-pə-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\

Definition of prepossession

  1. 1 archaic :  prior possession

  2. 2 :  an attitude, belief, or impression formed beforehand :  prejudice

  3. 3 :  an exclusive concern with one idea or object :  preoccupation

Examples of prepossession in a sentence

  1. <the foreign tourists' prepossessions about life in the U.S. had been formed by many hours of American TV shows>

  2. <tried to cure him of his prepossession with money>

1638

First Known Use of prepossession

1638

Synonym Discussion of prepossession

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.


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