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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for prepossessing in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


prepossessing (not comparable)

  1. Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive
    a prepossessing manner
    • 1836, 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, H. B. 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.