preconception

[ pree-kuh n-sep-shuh n ]
/ ˌpri kənˈsɛp ʃən /

noun

a conception or opinion formed beforehand.

Nearby words

  1. precollagenous fiber,
  2. precolonial,
  3. precompose,
  4. preconceive,
  5. preconceived,
  6. preconceptual stage,
  7. preconcert,
  8. precondemn,
  9. precondition,
  10. preconize

Origin of preconception

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + conception

Related formspre·con·cep·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for preconception

preconception

/ (ˌpriːkənˈsɛpʃən) /

noun

an idea or opinion formed beforehand
a bias; prejudice
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Word Origin and History for preconception

preconception

n.

1620s, from pre- + conception. Related: Preconceptions.

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