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

Definition of preconception

1 : a preconceived idea
2 : prejudice

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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
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First Known Use of preconception

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preconception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preconception

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


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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