- the dogma of the unique privilege by which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ.Compare virgin birth(def 1).
Origin of Immaculate Conception
First recorded in 1680–90
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- Christian theol RC Church the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin
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