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Definition creating a favorable impression ahead of time

Do note confuse this with prepossess or prepossesses or prepossessed which mean to be preoccupied or to influence opinion ahead of time.
  • A prepossessing appearance
  • strong and vigorous and of prepossessing appearance
  • They're not a prepossessing-looking couple.'
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • But he WAS in love with her, the prepossessing young man; and all these restrictions of circumstance had ended by irritating him.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • —But in those who are at all inferior, it is extremely prepossessing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Now, you know, so very prepossessing in the lady with the veil!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He was quite a young gentleman of pleasure now, and not quite a prepossessing one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Her manners were by no means so elegant as her sister's, but they were much more prepossessing.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • His appearance was rather suspicious than prepossessing, especially as, instead of doffing his bonnet, he pulled it still deeper over his rugged brow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But he WAS in love with her, the prepossessing young man; and all these restrictions of circumstance had ended by irritating him.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Marguerite said nothing for a moment or two, as she surveyed with obvious delight the not very prepossessing little figure before her.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She was young, probably not over twenty-five, and not quite so prepossessing at close range.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Lavinia is sure of it, and, as he is a very prepossessing youth, you might give him the benefit of the doubt.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It did not seem very prepossessing.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Near at hand it was decidedly not prepossessing.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Simply as a descriptive touch, or with the idea of prepossessing me in favour of Mr. Luzhin?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But the lines of an uncommonly prepossessing countenance were gradually becoming composed; and he now sat silent, and apparently musing.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Mr Squeers's appearance was not prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I'm not prepossessing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • When Monsieur Rigaud laughed, a change took place in his face, that was more remarkable than prepossessing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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