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preconception

[pree-kuh n-sep-shuh n] /ˌpri kənˈsɛp ʃən/
noun
1.
a conception or opinion formed beforehand.
2.
bias.
Origin of preconception
1615-1625
1615-25; pre- + conception
Related forms
preconceptional, adjective
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  • Naturally they seized upon the most sweeping generalizations and the preconceptions which disclosed themselves in manifold forms.

  • For how else could he have interpreted the scene he beheld, his preconceptions being what they were?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But the new impression was not strong enough to upset the preconceptions with which she had come.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • But he says enough to show that he was misled chiefly by his own preconceptions.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • Descartes was the founder of a new epoch in philosophy, first, from his postulate of universal freedom from all preconceptions.

British Dictionary definitions for preconceptions

preconception

/ˌpriːkənˈsɛpʃən/
noun
1.
an idea or opinion formed beforehand
2.
a bias; prejudice
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Word Origin and History for preconceptions

preconception

n.

1620s, from pre- + conception. Related: Preconceptions.

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