Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Unknown, mid-17th century
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."
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.