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

Example Sentences

I came to the lecture without any preconceptions. tried to go into the training sessions without any preconceptions
Recent Examples on the Web There is a common preconception about what Chinese people look like, but the country’s population—which includes 56 different ethnic groups—is far from monolithic. Vogue, 18 May 2022 Don’t fall into the popular preconception that all Cuban cigars are strong. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 Since launching in 2014, Maven Clinic has become the world’s largest telemedicine provider for women’s and family health, supporting every aspect of reproductive care from preconception to early pediatrics. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 By launching his attack on a European democracy, Putin has shattered that preconception. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2022 This is a modest goal, and equally profound, especially for someone who is looked at for a living — to regard oneself, without preconception or judgment. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Some investors even argue that there’s higher potential in having a fresh, preconception-free perspective, a beginner’s mind ready to question everything and learn fast – particularly when operating outside highly regulated or technical industries. Miruna Girtu, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Family physicians are uniquely positioned to provide accessible, cost effective, and comprehensive preconception counseling, and the best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy is to ensure a healthy mother before conception. Essence, 17 Sep. 2021 By contrast, Orchid’s risk assessment includes common diseases, ensuring that a high percentage of prospective parents who do this version of preconception testing will find something to worry about. Laura Hercher, Scientific American, 12 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preconception was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Preconception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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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