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Prepossessing

[pree-pə-ZES-ing]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Unknown, mid-17th century

1.

Attractive or appealing in appearance.

Examples of Prepossessing in a sentence

"The rundown neighborhood has become more prepossessing due to recent renovations."

"Miriam had a prepossessing aura that always attracted people to her."

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About Prepossessing

In the 1610s, this word was related to “getting possession of land beforehand.” The meaning morphed about 20 years later into “possessing a person beforehand with a feeling or notion.” And in the 1640s, the meaning broadened into causing someone to “have a favorable opinion of something; to preoccupy the mind or heart of.”

Did you Know?

“Prepossessing” also has archaic definitions that means creating prejudice and possessing something prior to a specific time.

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