The history of the future municipality of Montreal may now be said to be in its conceptional stage.
Such is the conceptional theory of Totemism, deriving that institution from the sick fancies of pregnant women.
This would also be the case had Arunta totemism always been conceptional and fortuitous.
Consequently the chance distribution of totems on the present conceptional Arunta system has not caused this uniform phenomenon.
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.
conception con·cep·tion (kən-sěp'shən)
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.