Preconceptions are the ideas or opinions that you hold about something or someone before you actually have any experience of it / them. They are usually formed from a combination of other people telling you their experiences, and things you read / see on TV. They are often considered to be a bad thing.

Pre`con*cep"tion (?), n.

The act of preconceiving; conception or opinion previously formed.


© Webster 1913.

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