prepossession

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

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

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

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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