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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. 2016.
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  • It was impossible for Harold to preconceive the effect this had on Esther.

  • How little did I preconceive the conduct which, in an exigence like this, I should be prone to adopt.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for preconceive


(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 preconceive

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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