preconceive

[pree-kuh n-seev]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. precocity,
  2. precognition,
  3. precollagenous fiber,
  4. precolonial,
  5. precompose,
  6. preconceived,
  7. preconception,
  8. preconceptual stage,
  9. preconcert,
  10. precondemn

Origin of preconceive

First recorded in 1570–80; pre- + conceive

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British Dictionary definitions for preconceive

preconceive

verb

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

preconceive

v.

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

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