from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form (an opinion, for example) before possessing full or adequate knowledge or experience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To conceive, or form an opinion of, beforehand; to form a previous notion or idea of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To conceive, or form an opinion of, beforehand; to form a previous notion or idea of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form a conception, notion, or idea of, in advance of actual knowledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. conceive beforehand


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  • The algorithms which run our lives, the websites which sell us stuff even when we don't know it, which track our supposed wants and desires...they cannot yet track and preconceive our intuition...and that, along with feeling and not simply thinking, will be humanity's saving grace.

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  • They refuse to preconceive what matters and what doesn't.

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  • If somebody listened to Senator Obama just there in Candy's piece in earlier today, and heard him drop those hints, somebody whose strong on the economy, somebody who is willing to challenge me, stand up to me fight against my preconceive notions.

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  • I had nothing on my agenda, so I didn't preconceive those ideas.

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  • But archaeologists are the narrowest and dryest of men, -- they preconceive a certain system of work and follow it out by mathematical rule and plan, without one touch of imagination to help them to discover new channels of interest or historical information.


  • He had a certain shame about his neighbors 'errors, and never spoke of them willingly; hence he was not likely to divert his mind from the best mode of hardening timber and other ingenious devices in order to preconceive those errors.


  • So my purpose was to discover him; and I made calculations, and summoned them that serve me to search for such a youth as thou art; fairly, O my betrothed, did I preconceive thee.

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  • How little did I preconceive the conduct which, in an exigence like this, I should be prone to adopt.

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  • Similar like ISA select the idea base on their preconceive belief and added more spice and intend to boost one goal and glory.

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  • I don't preconceive that every deadbeat parent is the only one to blame for unpaid child support, that the one who filed in the divorce is the only one to blame for the divorce, or that the individual who has raged is the most wicked person in the family.

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