[pree-kuh n-seev]
verb (used with object), pre·con·ceived, pre·con·ceiv·ing.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to form an idea of beforehand; conceive of ahead in time
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Word Origin and History for preconceive

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

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