preconceive

[ pree-kuh n-seev ]
/ ˌpri kənˈsiv /

verb (used with object), pre·con·ceived, pre·con·ceiv·ing.

to form a conception or opinion of beforehand, as before seeing evidence or as a result of previously held prejudice.

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Origin of preconceive

First recorded in 1570–80; pre- + conceive
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British Dictionary definitions for preconceive

preconceive
/ (ˌpriːkənˈsiːv) /

verb

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