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An opinion or conception formed in advance of adequate knowledge or experience, especially a prejudice or bias.
1. an idea or opinion formed beforehand
2. a bias; prejudice
pre•con•cep•tion(ˌpri kənˈsɛp ʃən)
1. a conception or opinion formed beforehand.
2. a prejudice or bias.
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|Noun||1.||preconception - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"|
|2.||preconception - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation|
taboo, tabu - a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
irrational hostility - extreme prejudice
experimenter bias - (psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
homophobia - prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
Islamophobia - prejudice against Muslims; "Muslim intellectuals are afraid of growing Islamophobia in the West"
racism - the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
tendentiousness - an intentional and controversial bias