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

Definition of preconception

1 : a preconceived idea

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I came to the lecture without any preconceptions. tried to go into the training sessions without any preconceptions
Recent Examples on the Web Pushing back on the eugenics comparisons, Church said the foundation of his idea is in genetic counseling, which offers couples preconception or prenatal genetic testing to check whether their baby could be at risk of inheriting a disease., "His idea: to include serious genetic disease as part of the criteria on a dating app — by asking users to submit their DNA for whole genome sequencing.," 15 Dec. 2019 But the Chicago playwright Levi Holloway managed all of that, playing with the preconceptions of the genre in a deliciously meta-theatrical way and forging a live thriller with path unknown. Chris Jones,, "Theater Top 10 in Chicago in 2019: A celebration of the explosive work of powerful women," 24 Nov. 2019 Khalid is a contemporary invisible man, a character onto whom others project their assumptions and preconceptions, even more progressive Muslims like Ayesha. Elizabeth Toohey, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Pride and Prejudice,’ eh? What if Jane Austen were Muslim Canadian?," 6 June 2019 Now some are getting higher-profile roles — and upending preconceptions about voice and gender. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Transgender Opera Singers Find Their Voices," 8 July 2019 Eschewing the cheetah preconceptions of Ellen Greene’s iconic take on the role, Rodriguez’s Audrey, looking no older than Rodriguez herself at 28, exudes a youthful innocence that nevertheless feels deeply live-in. Marc Snetiker,, "In Mj Rodriguez's Audrey, a big step for a Little Shop," 24 Sep. 2019 Their preconception was that Palestinians would have to exercise the right for self-victimization. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 Sanborn invites us to try to forget about Melville’s weighty reputation as one of the giants of American literature and to instead read him without preconceptions. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "The World Spins On: The Enduring Value of Herman Melville," 26 Oct. 2019 The reader is bringing his or her own memories, intelligence, preconceptions, prejudices, likes, dislikes. Carrie Doyle, Town & Country, "Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, Inspiration, and the Perils of Literary Fame," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preconception

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


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Medical Definition of preconception

: occurring prior to conception preconception genetic counseling

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