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preconceive

[pree-kuh n-seev] /ˌpri kənˈsiv/
verb (used with object), preconceived, preconceiving.
1.
to form a conception or opinion of beforehand, as before seeing evidence or as a result of previously held prejudice.
Origin of preconceive
1570-1580
1570-80; pre- + conceive
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  • And not a single one of them corresponded with the student's preconceived ideas.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • Did you get them together by accident or according to some preconceived plan?

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Neither was any preconceived or organized plan ever made or carried out in connection with the French Revolution.

  • Miss Murdaugh was utterly unlike anything he could have preconceived.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • But, after all, we have our preconceived ideas on Heaven and Hell, and that will be no reason for us not to go there.

British Dictionary definitions for preconceived

preconceive

/ˌpriːkənˈsiːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to form an idea of beforehand; conceive of ahead in time
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Word Origin and History for preconceived

preconceive

v.

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

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