AskDefine | Define preconception

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1 an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions" [syn: prepossession, parti pris, preconceived opinion, preconceived idea, preconceived notion]
2 a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation [syn: bias, prejudice]

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


an opinion considered beforehand with adequate evidence
  • Japanese: 予想 (よそう, yosō)
a prejudice
  • Japanese: 偏見 (へんけん, henken)

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