Definition of preconceived in English:


Pronunciation /ˌprēkənˈsēvd/ /ˌprikənˈsivd/

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  • (of an idea or opinion) formed before having the evidence for its truth or usefulness.

    ‘the same set of facts can be tailored to fit any preconceived belief’
    • ‘It is the evidence that determines all this, not any preconceived opinion or ideological view.’
    • ‘Obviously Gary had never read a romance book in his life, but his preconceived ideas did provide entertainment for the rest of us.’
    • ‘It's been my experience that life is so constructed that the event cannot and will not live up to preconceived idea I have about it.’
    • ‘On the future of banking in Ireland he has ‘no preconceived ideas of what is right and what is wrong’.’
    • ‘He makes me laugh without challenging any of my preconceived ideas.’
    • ‘According to the popular director and it might even be better to not have too many preconceived ideas about the period.’
    • ‘More generally, she was able to demolish a few of her own - and other people's - preconceived ideas.’
    • ‘I had no preconceived idea of how much interest it would attract.’
    • ‘But researchers think he may have had preconceived ideas about what the data should show.’
    • ‘Most people have preconceived ideas of what these people look like, but they often appear to be the epitome of family decency.’
    • ‘I think a lot of people have a very preconceived idea about who I am, which is fair enough because that's the nature of media.’
    • ‘Challenging preconceived ideas saying goodbye to long standing fears.’
    • ‘People have preconceived ideas about what can and cannot be meaningful, which really need to be challenged.’
    • ‘They should not want me to reduce the text to two paragraphs that will fit their preconceived ideas.’
    • ‘I did not have any preconceived idea of what fame was about or how much interest our relationship would attract.’
    • ‘In order to support preconceived ideas and policies many subjective and false assumptions are made.’
    • ‘As well as helping us to get through life, preconceived ideas about the world can lead us astray.’
    • ‘They can have preconceived ideas that they will be less able to do their jobs.’
    • ‘If we are to truly assess what is going on in the world it is necessary to put our prejudices and preconceived notions aside.’
    • ‘I really had no preconceived ideas about what the experience would be like.’
    predetermined, prejudged
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