- the act of conceiving; the state of being conceived.
- fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
- a notion; idea; concept: She has some odd conceptions about life.
- something that is conceived: That machine is the conception of a genius.
- origination; beginning: The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
- a design; plan.
- a sketch of something not actually existing: an artist's conception of ancient Athens.
- the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.
Origin of conception
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Examples from the Web for conception
Spar has a new book titled The Baby Business: How Money, Science and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction
November 24, 2014
He completely disrupts not only the conception of architecture—but also the fabrication, the mise en oeuvre of architecture.Frank Gehry Is Architecture’s Mad Genius
October 27, 2014
In fact, the airplane and the movie were more or less simultaneous in conception (the movie opened in 1968).The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
North Dakota has a less subtle constitutional amendment on the ballot stating that life begins at conception.America’s Most Important (and Wackiest) Referendums This November
October 22, 2014
“Unfortunately some people are not careful about the moment of conception,” he said in warning.The Iranian Islamic Fundamentalist’s Handbook on Sex in the West
July 25, 2014
She was not a woman in the habit of reasoning, and had no conception of the difficulties in his way.Brave and Bold
My conception of the love of God lacked just that quality—intensity.The Conquest of Fear
It is just because she has no conception of what she is about!
Young Ried had no conception of the sacrifice for which he had asked.
I wonder if you have the least conception of how those boys looked?
- something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
- the description under which someone considers somethingher conception of freedom is wrong
- the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
- origin or beginningfrom its conception the plan was a failure
- the act or power of forming notions; invention
Word Origin and History for conception
early 14c., "act of conceiving," from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension," from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) "a comprehending, conception," noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense "process of forming concepts" is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s; "general notion" is from 1785.
- The act of forming a general idea or notion.
- The formation of a viable zygote by the union of a spermatozoon and an ovum; fertilization.
- The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.