[ pree-kuhn-seev ]
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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

Words Nearby preconceive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preconceive in a sentence

  • Their use cases are far more versatile than the initial assumptions and preconceived notions related to value, with expected compensation ranges to match that versatility based on audience sizes and channel selection.

  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for preconceive


/ (ˌpriːkənˈsiːv) /

  1. (tr) to form an idea of beforehand; conceive of ahead in time

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