[pree-kuh n-sep-shuh n]


a conception or opinion formed beforehand.

Origin of preconception

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + conception
Related formspre·con·cep·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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