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prepossessing (comparative more prepossessing, superlative most prepossessing)

  1. Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive
    a prepossessing manner
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume II, chapter 15:
      "I am a great advocate for timidity—and I am sure one does not often meet with it.—But in those who are at all inferior, it is extremely prepossessing."
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz, The curate. The old lady. The half-pay captain
      Our curate is a young gentleman of such prepossessing appearance, and fascinating manners, that within one month after his first appearance in the parish, half the young-lady inhabitants were melancholy with religion, and the other half, desponding with love.
    • 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 2
      These natural graces in the quadroon are often united with beauty of the most dazzling kind, and in almost every case with a personal appearance prepossessing and agreeable.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 3:
      He was a frank, prepossessing fellow, but I saw that he could add nothing to his original account.
  2. (archaic) Causing prejudice.