foreconceive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fore- +‎ conceive.

Verb[edit]

foreconceive (third-person singular simple present foreconceives, present participle foreconceiving, simple past and past participle foreconceived)

  1. (transitive) To conceive or imagine beforehand; preconceive.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      I found my selfe glutted and ful of drink by the overmuch swilling that my imagination had fore-conceived.
    • 2007, Christopher D. Morris, The Figure of the Road:
      To imagine the new is to foreconceive, as in the Heideggerian Vorlage, which can only be expressed in language.
    • 2012, Irene E. Harvey, Labyrinths of Exemplarity: At the Limits of Deconstruction:
      Thus one ought to “color”—foreconceive or frame—the other. The more familiar will be thought to be an example, Aristotle says, yet he also defines the example as this total relation of incompleteness: part to part (without wholes).

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