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preconception

[pree-kuh n-sep-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a conception or opinion formed beforehand.
  2. bias.
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Origin of preconception

First recorded in 1615–25; pre- + conception
Related formspre·con·cep·tion·al, adjective
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  • For how else could he have interpreted the scene he beheld, his preconceptions being what they were?

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But he says enough to show that he was misled chiefly by his own preconceptions.

  • All this fitted perfectly the captain's preconceptions of Cassylia.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • It was contrary to all his preconceptions of her domestic, home-loving disposition.

    Southern Hearts

    Florence Hull Winterburn

  • Not one iota had I seen that corresponded with my preconceptions.


British Dictionary definitions for preconceptions

preconception

noun
  1. an idea or opinion formed beforehand
  2. a bias; prejudice
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Word Origin and History for preconceptions

preconception

n.

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

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