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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And not a single one of them corresponded with the student's preconceived ideas.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • Yet she was very quick with that answer; so quick that he might have suspected it to be preconceived.

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  • Neither was any preconceived or organized plan ever made or carried out in connection with the French Revolution.

  • It was clear that this was a preconceived, concerted 229 movement.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • 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


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



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

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