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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • In other words their argument rests on a certain preconception of God.

    Critical Thinking Exercise: Bad Design

  • It's about a certain preconception of what is possible, looking at objects from a different angle, and a certain conception about the unknown.

    Ancestral Expression Patterns

  • The preconception is that there is design and that design can be discovered.

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • Once again facts show that a Republican preconception is not bounded in either science, methodology or facts.

    Think Progress » Protest Turnout: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Lies

  • He is simply repeating his "preconception" while refusing to learn.

    College professor: "Flunk the IDiots"

  • One "preconception" I have, based on the the Book of Revelation itself, is that it in the first instance referred to the Roman Empire and the time in which it was written and their immediate future.

    The Two Witnesses

  • (Your comment) One "preconception" I have, based on the Book of Revelation itself, is that it in the first instance referred to the Roman Empire and the time in which it was written (and their immediate future).

    The Two Witnesses

  • As many pictures as have been given of my father, how like him soever in different airs and attitudes, — not one, or all of them, can ever help the reader to any kind of preconception of how my father would think, speak, or act, upon any untried occasion or occurrence of life. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • _because_ we will not apply to them _the scientific method_; because the old method of 'preconception' here is still considered the true one.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • But Eurisko didn't have that kind of preconception, partly because it didn't know enough about the world. "



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