Definition of preconception in US English:



  • A preconceived idea or prejudice.

    • ‘I try not to arrive with any preconceptions, so that I can just enjoy the meal.’
    • ‘The little ones from prep school were there, and because they had no preconceptions and just felt the energy of the sound, they loved it.’
    • ‘Full and free discussion even of ideas we hate encourages the testing of our own prejudices and preconceptions.’
    • ‘A good many assumptions and preconceptions were challenged and some overturned.’
    • ‘Some people have preconceptions when it comes to these matters.’
    • ‘Due to my preconceptions of Beck, I anticipated an offbeat performance full of weird and wild antics.’
    • ‘He has already managed to get over his initial preconceptions of the country, which were based on a lack of knowledge.’
    • ‘But to spend time in Craig's company is to have any lingering preconceptions about him swiftly dispelled.’
    • ‘The best thing about the spelling bee was that all my preconceptions - mostly clichés - came true.’
    • ‘The people you would expect to approve are cheering to see their preconceptions confirmed.’
    • ‘Musically it is guaranteed to shatter any preconceptions about opera as a genre, certainly any notion of a homogenous genre.’
    • ‘At once the preconception was shattered, and once the mental image was lost, it could not be easily restored.’
    • ‘The idea was to challenge my preconceptions and I got very angry.’
    • ‘Either he has found his stride or I have gotten over my preconceptions.’
    • ‘It was just what I needed and took me out of myself, I met people that didn't have any preconceptions of me so I could just be as I felt.’
    • ‘The idea was that a language should be described without any preconceptions of what it might turn out to be like.’
    • ‘What we discovered has blown apart all pre-conceived preconceptions of the 19th century.’
    • ‘Again, however, there are subtleties and many preconceptions and prejudices.’
    • ‘Choreographer, curator and video artist, he likes to combine disciplines to subvert our preconceptions.’
    • ‘So much of being a performer is about image, press, and how you're received - as well as the preconceptions of others.’
    preconceived idea, preconceived notion, presupposition, assumption, presumption, prejudgement, expectation, prepossession
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