- Tending to invite favor; attracting confidence, favor, esteem, or love; attractive
- a prepossessing manner
- 1836, Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz, The curate. The old lady. The half-pay captain
- Our curate is a young gentleman of such prepossessing appearance, and fascinating manners, that within one month after his first appearance in the parish, half the young-lady inhabitants were melancholy with religion, and the other half, desponding with love.
- 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 2
- These natural graces in the quadroon are often united with beauty of the most dazzling kind, and in almost every case with a personal appearance prepossessing and agreeable.
- 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 3:
- He was a frank, prepossessing fellow, but I saw that he could add nothing to his original account.
- (archaic) Causing prejudice.
tending to invite favour; attractive