preconception

noun
pre·​con·​cep·​tion | \ ˌprē-kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce preconception (audio) \

Definition of preconception

1 : a preconceived idea

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Examples of preconception in a Sentence

I came to the lecture without any preconceptions. tried to go into the training sessions without any preconceptions
Recent Examples on the Web Preventative care and preconception counseling is another problem area. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Actress Jodie Turner-Smith Says She Had Her Baby in a Home Birth Because of Systemic Racism," 14 Aug. 2020 Store them with your preconceptions, your dogma and your stubbornness. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Can we talk? I mean really talk. It's a lost art.," 4 June 2020 The second method to determine students' preconceptions is through experience. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Hey Teachers, Get to Know Your Students' Preconceptions," 22 Aug. 2019 The lessons that America draws from this experience are hard to predict, especially at a time when online algorithms and partisan broadcasters only serve news that aligns with their audience’s preconceptions. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Will End," 25 Mar. 2020 Adding to the problem, scientists bring to the field different backgrounds, methodologies, standards of evidence and preconceptions. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "New Cause for Lyme Disease Complicates Already Murky Diagnosis," 16 Feb. 2016 Traditionally, the father’s role in reproduction focused on the preconception period — whether his sperm was potent enough to fertilize the female egg. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 Further into the film, she was determined to erase preconceptions. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Beyoncé Raises the Bar With 'Homecoming' Concert Film: Five Takeaways," 17 Apr. 2019 Packham told Vogue that the modern Georgette gown shattered public preconceptions about Duff's style. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Posted the First Photos of Her Wedding to Matthew Koma," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of preconception

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preconception. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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preconception

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English Language Learners Definition of preconception

: an idea or opinion that someone has before learning about or experiencing something directly

preconception

adjective
pre·​con·​cep·​tion | \ -kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce preconception (audio) \

Medical Definition of preconception

: occurring prior to conception preconception genetic counseling

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