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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
First recorded in 1615-25; pre- + conception
Related forms
preconceptional, adjective
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  • For how else could he have interpreted the scene he beheld, his preconceptions being what they were?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But he says enough to show that he was misled chiefly by his own preconceptions.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • All this fitted perfectly the captain's preconceptions of Cassylia.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It was contrary to all his preconceptions of her domestic, home-loving disposition.

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • Not one iota had I seen that corresponded with my 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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