preconceived opinion

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Noun1.preconceived opinion - 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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All this strangely conflicted with Betts' preconceived opinion of a French woman's selfishness, and, while he was disposed to believe his adored perfection, he almost feared it was a trick.
The day will come when this will be given as a curious illustration of the blindness of preconceived opinion.
Copperfield, and I had to lay claim to myself, and they had to divest themselves of a preconceived opinion that Traddles was Mr.
She is handsome - or rather I should say distinguished and interesting - in her appearance, but by no means amiable - a woman liable to take strong prejudices, I should fancy, and stick to them through thick and thin, twisting everything into conformity with her own preconceived opinions - too hard, too sharp, too bitter for my taste.
It is time that you should return to your countrymen, to deliver up some of those stores of experimental knowledge that you have doubtless obtained by so long a sojourn in the wilds, which, however they may be corrupted by preconceived opinions, will prove acceptable bequests to those whom, as you say, you must shortly leave for ever.
But to judge some people impartially we must renounce certain preconceived opinions and our habitual attitude to the ordinary people about us.
Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot.
That might have been a good thing for the Chargers, who entered the match with no preconceived opinion and played as if Bell Gardens was a state champion rather than a second-place team from the Almont League.
We have no preconceived opinion regarding his plan.
Nearly everyone over the age of about 30 has a preconceived opinion about strikes.
Accordingly, it was necessary for New York courts during the early nineteenth century to settle two issues: first, whether a prospective juror's preconceived opinion was a ground for challenge at all, and second, whether an erroneous ruling regarding his bias was subject to appeal.