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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
1615-1625
1615-25; pre- + conception
Related forms
preconceptional, adjective
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  • To question preconceptions and the accepted norms of society.
  • Yet here you are, among buttes and canyons that have nothing to do with your preconceptions.
  • Ignore your ideological preconceptions for a moment and look at what has been demonstrated to work.
  • It requires the sometimes disordered space to make a mistake and experiment to move beyond accepted norms and preconceptions.
  • Reason is always flawed by an individuals preconceptions and stereotypes.
  • First one must accept that certain preconceptions are more probable and thus more reasonable.
  • The results of science should not be distorted in order to fit preconceptions.
  • Start with the basic sciences and challenge the preconceptions of our reductionist heritage.
  • Park your preconceptions on the beach and wade into the real lives of these ancient, awesome creatures.
  • But, one ought to be able to accept the present on its own terms, and be able to look at what exists without 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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