conception [ k uh n- sep-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / kənˈsɛp ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. SEE MORE SEE LESS Origin of conception 1300–50; Middle English concepcion
), equivalent to
-iōn- -ion Related forms con·cep·tion·al, adjective con·cep·tive, adjective post·con·cep·tion, adjective re·con·cep·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for conceptional British Dictionary definitions for conceptional noun something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan the description under which someone considers something her 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 beginning from its conception the plan was a failure the act or power of forming notions; invention Derived Forms conceptional or conceptive, adjective Word Origin for conception
C13: from Latin
conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
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Word Origin and History for conceptional 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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Medicine definitions for conceptional n. 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. concept
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Science definitions for conceptional The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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