Definition of conception
2 a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols b : a general idea : concept c : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking d : the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something
3 : the originating of something in the mind
conceptionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
conceptiveplay \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective
Examples of conception in a sentence
He directed the project from conception to production.
the conception of a new device
They have a clear conception of how the process works.
a child's conception of responsibility
They have very different conceptions of the proper role of government.
Origin and Etymology of conception
Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of conception
Rhymes with conception
deception, exception, inception, perception, reception, subreption
Medical Definition of conception
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