transitive verb Date: 1558 to form (as an opinion) prior to actual knowledge or experience <
preconceived notions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Preconceive — Pre con*ceive , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preconceived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preconceiving}.] To conceive, or form an opinion of, beforehand; to form a previous notion or idea of. [1913 Webster] In a dead plain the way seemeth the longer, because the eye …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preconceive — I verb anticipate, assume, be biased, be jaundiced, be prejudiced, forejudge, foresee, have a bias, have foreknowledge, incline, intuit, judge beforehand, jump to a conclusion, praeiudicare, preapprehend, precognize, preconclude, predecide,… …   Law dictionary

  • preconceive — (v.) 1570s, from PRE (Cf. pre ) + CONCEIVE (Cf. conceive). Related: Preconceived; preconceiving …   Etymology dictionary

  • preconceive — [prē΄kən sēv′] vt. preconceived, preconceiving 1. Now Rare to form a conception or opinion of beforehand 2. to form (an opinion) in advance [a preconceived notion] …   English World dictionary

  • preconceive — /pree keuhn seev /, v.t., preconceived, preconceiving. to form a conception or opinion of beforehand, as before seeing evidence or as a result of previously held prejudice. [1570 80; PRE + CONCEIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • preconceive — verb To conceive, or form an opinion of, beforehand; to form a previous notion or idea of …   Wiktionary

  • preconceive — pre·con·ceive || ‚prɪːkÉ™n sɪːv v. consider in advance, presuppose; form an opinion in advance, form an early viewpoint based on prejudice …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preconceive — v. a. Prejudge, form a prior conception of …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • preconceive — pre·conceive …   English syllables

  • preconceive — pre•con•ceive [[t]ˌpri kənˈsiv[/t]] v. t. ceived, ceiv•ing to form (as an opinion) beforehand, esp. from previously held prejudice • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

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