pre·​con·​cep·​tion | \ˌprē-kən-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of preconception 

1 : a preconceived idea

2 : prejudice

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prejudgment, prepossession

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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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By negating her experiences, there’s another form of erasure occurring, one that ignores the in-betweens, the gray-areas, and the identities that don’t neatly fit into preconceptions about the LGBTQ community. Alim Kheraj, Billboard, "In Defense of Rita Ora's 'Girls': What the Controversy Overlooks About Sexuality," 17 May 2018 One possible solution is for physicians to practice preconception counseling with patients during their peak fertility years. Brennan Peterson,, "5 myths about infertility," 26 June 2018 Thus, managing preconceptions is everything: Hope for a homerun, prepare for a single (or even a really expensive whiff). Jolene Edgar, Town & Country, "The Most Overrated Cosmetic Procedures," 23 Sep. 2016 Everything’s on the table, with no preconceptions and no sacred cows. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "Q&A: GE CEO Explains Strategy, Smaller HQ," 26 June 2018 Indian-Americans are a really interesting challenge around all of our preconceptions of race and dynamics in this country in a lot of ways. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Fog Creek Software CEO Anil Dash answers all the questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 8 July 2018 Her Portmanteau First-generation Nigerian-American playwright Mfoniso Udofia’s moving drama defies preconceptions and expectations with a unique, deeply felt perspective on immigration and its unforeseen personal and family complications. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' and more," 22 June 2018 Heeb defended the photos as satirical and challenging preconceptions, according to Snopes. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will 'Roseanne' survive boycott tied to star's deleted tweets, controversial past? | The Kansas City Star," 3 Apr. 2018 But now comes a new set of data from years of polling by ABC News and the Washington Post that puts these trends together in a way that might bust some old preconceptions. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Americans With No Religion Greatly Outnumber White Evangelicals," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of preconception

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of preconception 

: occurring prior to conception preconception genetic counseling

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