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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opinion or conception formed in advance of adequate knowledge or experience, especially a prejudice or bias.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A conception or opinion formed in advance of experience or actual knowledge; also, the influence of previous belief or states of mind in modifying the conceptions formed under the partial influence of experience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of preconceiving; conception or opinion previously formed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An opinion formed before obtaining adequate evidence, especially as the result of bias or prejudice.
  • noun A prejudice that prevents rational consideration of an issue.

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

  • noun an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence
  • noun a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

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