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prepossession

Noun

1 the condition of being prepossessed; "the king's prepossession in my favor is very valuable"
2 an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions" [syn: preconception, parti pris, preconceived opinion, preconceived idea, preconceived notion]

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English

Etymology

From pre- + possession.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /pɹiːpəˈzɛʃən/

Noun

  1. Preoccupation; having possession beforehand.
  2. A preconceived opinion, or previous impression; bias, prejudice.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 386:
      The spontaneous intellect of man always defines the divine which it feels in ways that harmonise with its temporary intellectual prepossessions.

Quotations

  • 1791 : I am fully sensible to the greatness of that freedom, which I take with you on the present occasion; a liberty which seemed to me scarcely allowable, when I reflected on that distinguished and dignified station in which you stand, and the almost general prejudice and prepossession, which is so prevalent in the world against those of my complexion. - Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson, August 19, 1791

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adoption, adverse possession, affinity, alodium, appropriation, arrogation, assumption, bag, bent, bias, burgage, chosen kind, claim, colonization, colony, complex, compulsion, conquest, cup of tea, de facto, de jure, dependency, derivative title, druthers, enslavement, fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism, fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible, fee simple determinable, fee tail, feodum, feud, fiefdom, fixation, fixed idea, forejudgment, frankalmoign, free socage, freehold, gavelkind, hang-up, having title to, hold, holding, hypercathexis, idee fixe, inclination, indent, irresistible impulse, jaundice, jaundiced eye, knight service, lay fee, leaning, lease, leasehold, legal claim, legal possession, mandate, monomania, morbid drive, obsession, obsessive compulsion, occupancy, occupation, one-sidedness, original title, owning, parti pris, partialism, partiality, particular choice, partisanship, personal choice, possessing, possession, preapprehension, preconception, preconclusion, preconsideration, predecision, predetermination, predilection, predisposition, preemption, preference, prejudgment, prejudication, prejudice, premature judgment, prenotion, preoccupancy, preoccupation, prescription, presumption, presupposal, presupposition, presurmise, proclivity, property, property rights, proprietary rights, requisition, ruling passion, seisin, socage, squatting, style, subjugation, sublease, takeover, taking over, taste, tenancy, tenantry, tendency, tenure, tenure in chivalry, thing, tic, title, twist, type, underlease, undertenancy, undetachment, undispassionateness, usucapion, usurpation, villein socage, villeinhold, villenage
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