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prepossession

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1 an attitude, belief, or impression formed in advance of actual experience of something
  • the foreign tourists' prepossessions about life in the U.S. had been formed by many hours of American TV shows

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2 something about which one is constantly thinking or concerned
  • tried to cure him of his prepossession with money

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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

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The first known use of prepossession was in 1638

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“Prepossession.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pre-possession. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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