preconceived notion

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Noun1.preconceived notion - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"
opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
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You have more preconceived notions than any man I ever met.
And just as zero pops up instead of the number, so does our affinity come along and upset all our preconceived notions of the type of girl we should like to marry.
And with my head full of preconceived notions as to how a case of "cannibalism and suffering at sea" should be managed I said--"You were then so lucky in the drawing of lots?
As so often happens in Congress, a preconceived notion is elevated to a forgone conclusion by minds that are already closed to opinions and observations that are at odds with e bers and their staffs.
Julia Mancuso won't fit any preconceived notion of athletic normalcy.
I suspect that Borowsky really objects to the study because the conclusion - that public schools are actually doing a better job of teaching than private schools - conflicts with his own preconceived notion.
We have no preconceived notion of the kind of program that eventually may meet with the approval of the association.
For those who had a preconceived notion of where rates are headed, today's testimony did nothing to change their opinions.
Many people on the East Coast have this preconceived notion that there is so much open space on the West Coast.
For the institution to suggest that there was a preconceived notion of outcome is patently unfair.
With ASAP, companies can prove the efficacy of data prior to committing it to their data mart, reflecting the uniqueness of their business needs and processes rather than a vendor's preconceived notion of a `one size fits all' data mart.
Everyone asks if there's, like, a preconceived notion about working with her,'' says Gyllenhaal, who plays Holden, Justine's younger lover.