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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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Examples from the Web for conceptional

Historical Examples

  • Such is the conceptional theory of Totemism, deriving that institution from the sick fancies of pregnant women.

    The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions

    Carveth Read

  • 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.

  • The history of the future municipality of Montreal may now be said to be in its conceptional stage.


British Dictionary definitions for conceptional

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

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

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

conceptional 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

conceptional in Science

conception

[kən-sĕpshən]

conceptional in Culture

conception

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

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