Prepossess

Pre`pos*sess"

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prepossessed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Prepossessing.]
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1. To preoccupy, as ground or land; to take previous possession of. Dryden.
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2. To preoccupy, as the mind or heart, so as to preclude other things; hence, to bias or prejudice; to give a previous inclination to, for or against anything; esp., to induce a favorable opinion beforehand, or at the outset.
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It created him enemies, and prepossessed the lord general.
Evelyn.
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