pre·​con·​cep·​tion ˌprē-kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce preconception (audio)
: a preconceived idea

Examples of preconception in a Sentence

I came to the lecture without any preconceptions. tried to go into the training sessions without any preconceptions
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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of preconception was in 1625

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“Preconception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​con·​cep·​tion -kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce preconception (audio)
: occurring prior to conception
preconception genetic counseling

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