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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
First recorded in 1570-80; pre- + conceive Unabridged
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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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