(of an idea, opinion, etc.) formed beforehand, as before seeing evidence or as a result of a previously held prejudice: By challenging preconceived ideas about how things should be done, an outsider to the business can often identify helpful new strategies.
the simple past tense and past participle of preconceive.
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How to use preconceived in a sentence
It’s not difficult to read that and argue that Barrett might have preconceived notions about the law’s constitutionality.
Curry’s quick release and off-ball gravity blew up preconceived notions about what was possible on the court.Jamal Murray Isn’t The New Steph Curry, But He Might Be Close | Michael Pina | September 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
They have a preconceived idea of who should be driving that truck.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture | Eliza Krigman | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My hope with this film is that people will join the discussion and not just retain their preconceived notions.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor | Bryan Storkel | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I would set aside any preconceived notions I had about the environment I needed in which to write.
Porn For Women, however, strays away from the typical preconceived notion of the explicit content beloved by the male species.
And with any preconceived narrative, comes a set of expectations.Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’? | Robert Silverman | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is therefore an obligation cast upon a writer to treat these preconceived notions with the utmost tenderness and respect.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
The club was an experiment, and it must not start with preconceived plans; its life must be one of evolution.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
And he was afraid that a method preconceived would give him two points of view in a crisis—and two points of view meant wavering.Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald
But Dorothy—Dorothy Dormouse, as he liked to call her—set these preconceived notions at defiance.A Flight with the Swallows | Emma Marshall
And the ancients looked out for facts to support some preconceived theory, from which they reasoned syllogistically.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI | John Lord