prepossession


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pre·pos·ses·sion

 (prē′pə-zĕsh′ən)
n.
1. A preconception or prejudice.
2. The state of being preoccupied with thoughts, opinions, or feelings.

prepossession

(ˌpriːpəˈzɛʃən)
n
1. the state or condition of being prepossessed
2. a prejudice or bias, esp a favourable one

pre•pos•ses•sion

(ˌpri pəˈzɛʃ ən)

n.
1. the state of being prepossessed.
2. a prejudice, esp. one in favor of a person or thing.
[1640–50]
pre`pos•ses′sion•ar′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prepossession - the condition of being prepossessed; "the king's prepossession in my favor is very valuable"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.prepossession - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"
opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

prepossession

noun
1. An inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment:
2. Total occupation of the attention or of the mind:
References in classic literature ?
No prepossession for the mere antique (and in this case we can imagine no other prepossession) should induce us to dignify with the sacred name of poetry, a series, such as this, of elaborate and threadbare compliments, stitched, apparently, together, without fancy, without plausibility, and without even an attempt at adaptation.
It opens his designs to his family, it introduces you among them, it diffuses through the party those pleasantest feelings of our nature, eager curiosity and warm prepossession.
Grewgious should now know likewise--that I took a great prepossession against Mr.
This latter part we found to concern us directly, though we knew it to be false; yet, as my partner said, very justly, if we had fallen into their hands, and they had had such a prepossession against us beforehand, it had been in vain for us to have defended ourselves, or to hope for any good quarter at their hands; especially considering that our accusers had been our judges, and that we could have expected nothing from them but what rage would have dictated, and an ungoverned passion have executed.
If she suspected ANY prepossession elsewhere, it could not be in THAT quarter.
In fact, Miss Knag had conceived an incipient affection for Kate Nickleby, after witnessing her failure that morning, and this short conversation with her superior increased the favourable prepossession to a most surprising extent; which was the more remarkable, as when she first scanned that young lady's face and figure, she had entertained certain inward misgivings that they would never agree.
I hope it may not be my worthy friend Mr Aaron, for, to tell you the truth, Mortimer, I doubt he may have a prepossession against me.
What infatuation is it, what obstinate prepossession, that blinds you to that?
It was, nevertheless, invariably found, after the transient enthusiasm for the early Congresses was over, that the attention and attachment of the people were turned anew to their own particular governments; that the federal council was at no time the idol of popular favor; and that opposition to proposed enlargements of its powers and importance was the side usually taken by the men who wished to build their political consequence on the prepossessions of their fellow-citizens.
He saw that life itself infinitely outvalued anything that could be feigned about it, but its richness seemed to corrupt him, and he had not the clear, ethical conscience which forced George Eliot to be realistic when probably her artistic prepossessions were romantic.
As for political prepossessions, they had nothing to do with the question.
It plainly appears that prepossessions so strong, which receive more strength from the ignorance of the people, have very little tendency to dispose them to a reunion with the Catholic Church.