One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A previous notion; a preconception, a presumption. Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Martin Fotherby (c1560–1620), bishop of Salisbury. From classical Latin praeceptiōn-, praeceptiō preconception, instruction, precept, right of receiving a legacy in advance from praecept-, past participial stem of praecipere + -iō. Compare French préception command, precept. Compare earlier perception, conception.
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