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conception

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noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of conception

  1. 1 a (1) :  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both (2) :  embryo, fetus b :  beginning <joy had the like conception in our eyes — Shakespeare>

  2. 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. 3 :  the originating of something in the mind

conceptional play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
conceptive play \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective


Examples of conception in a sentence

  1. He directed the project from conception to production.

  2. the conception of a new device

  3. They have a clear conception of how the process works.

  4. a child's conception of responsibility

  5. They have very different conceptions of the proper role of government.



Origin of conception

Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of conception

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed <innovative ideas> <my idea of paradise>. concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be <a society with no concept of private property>. conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result <our changing conception of what constitutes art>. thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining <commit your thoughts to paper>. notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental <you have the oddest notions>. impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses <the first impression is of soaring height>.

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Medical Dictionary

conception

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noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Medical Definition of conception

  1. 1a:  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or bothb:  embryo, fetus

  2. 2a:  the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbolsb:  a general idea






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