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conception

[kuh n-sep-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of conceiving; the state of being conceived.
  2. fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
  3. a notion; idea; concept: She has some odd conceptions about life.
  4. something that is conceived: That machine is the conception of a genius.
  5. origination; beginning: The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
  6. a design; plan.
  7. a sketch of something not actually existing: an artist's conception of ancient Athens.
  8. the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.
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Origin of conception

1300–50; Middle English concepcion < Latin conceptiōn- (stem of conceptiō), equivalent to Latin concept- (see concept) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·cep·tion·al, adjectivecon·cep·tive, adjectivepost·con·cep·tion, adjectivere·con·cep·tion, noun
Can be confusedconcept conception inception

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3. See idea.
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Contemporary Examples of conception

Historical Examples of conception

  • She was not a woman in the habit of reasoning, and had no conception of the difficulties in his way.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • My conception of the love of God lacked just that quality—intensity.

  • It is just because she has no conception of what she is about!

  • I wonder if you have the least conception of how those boys looked?

  • Young Ried had no conception of the sacrifice for which he had asked.


British Dictionary definitions for conception

conception

noun
  1. something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
  2. the description under which someone considers somethingher conception of freedom is wrong
  3. the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
  4. origin or beginningfrom its conception the plan was a failure
  5. the act or power of forming notions; invention
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Derived Formsconceptional or conceptive, adjective

Word Origin for conception

C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
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Word Origin and History for conception

n.

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.

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conception in Medicine

conception

(kən-sĕpshən)
n.
  1. The act of forming a general idea or notion.
  2. The formation of a viable zygote by the union of a spermatozoon and an ovum; fertilization.
  3. concept
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conception in Science

conception

[kən-sĕpshən]
  1. The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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conception in Culture

conception

Fertilization; the union of the sperm and ovum to form a zygote. (See reproductive systems.)

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