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[pree-kuh n-seev] /ˌpri kənˈsiv/
verb (used with object), preconceived, preconceiving.
to form a conception or opinion of beforehand, as before seeing evidence or as a result of previously held prejudice.
Origin of preconceive
1570-80; pre- + conceive Unabridged
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  • The idea is an attempt to remove uncomfortable facts in the way of a preconceived view.
  • They categorize and mythologize it and read into it their own preconceived ideas.
  • The wearer of such pieces challenges preconceived notions.
  • But there are signs that he did not always avoid cutting the cloth to fit his preconceived patterns.
  • The bank would have no preconceived, overarching plan for the nation's infrastructure.
  • Try the sites that don't necessarily agree with your preconceived ideas.
  • It takes many preconceived ideas to buy into that premise.
  • Reading this article may threaten preconceived beliefs.
  • Some of them trotted off to count the ribs and came back to report that they had verified their preconceived notion.
  • Humans can't help having their preconceived beliefs take precedence over the facts.
British Dictionary definitions for preconceived


(transitive) to form an idea of beforehand; conceive of ahead in time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for preconceived



1570s, from pre- + conceive. Related: Preconceived; preconceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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