pre·pos·ses·sion /ˌpripəˈzɛʃən ||ˈsɛ-/
1. Preoccupation; prior possession.
2. Preoccupation of the mind by an opinion, or impression, already formed; preconceived opinion; previous impression; bias; -- generally, but not always, used in a favorable sense; as, the prepossessions of childhood. “The prejudices and prepossessions of the country.”
Syn: -- Bent; bias; inclination; preoccupancy; prejudgment. See Bent.
n 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,