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?"
According to them, Kariuki's conviction might have given the judge a preconceived notion of the case, and that the hearing is only a formality.
"The worst thing is shaking someone's hand and realising full well they have a completely preconceived notion of who you are.
Professor Geoff Beattie who conducted the research said: "Historically, there has been a preconceived notion that Britain isn't a very touchy-feely nation but the results of this study suggests otherwise.
13) is an example of the preconceived notion that humans are the only animals that ...
Painstakingly made from hand-cut paper and card and bits that were bought from cake shops and supermarkets, the cake's craftiness aims to evoke a fictional filmic dreamscape of London, which, in Lim's words, 'places familiar locations into unexpected environments, transforming our preconceived notion of each chosen location and the city.' Truly the splicing on the cake.
I don't like it when people come to see PNB with a preconceived notion of what ballet is.
In that context, says Bohr, "Gruner can be a much easier sell than Reisling, because it carries fewer connotations, and people don't have that preconceived notion of sweetness.
Castellano, CPA, task force head and former AICPA chair, said the group had had no preconceived notion of problems with private company GAAP financial reporting.
JM: I don't think I ever had a preconceived notion of where I should be at any particular point in my life.