conception

noun
con·​cep·​tion | \ kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce conception (audio) \

Definition of conception

1a(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 … "— William Shakespeare
2a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols He directed the project from conception to completion.
b : a general idea : concept We get the conception of an animal … by comparing different animals …— John Stuart Mill
c : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking the philosopher's conception of reality
d : the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something his conception of the American dream
3 : the originating of something in the mind an artist's conception of how the city would look a hundred years from now

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Other Words from conception

conceptional \ kən-​ˈsep-​shnəl How to pronounce conception (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
conceptive \ kən-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce conception (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Socialism is grounded upon a conception of human beings which is, in a word, false. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 12 July 2021 This word captures a conception of life according to which one’s own resourcefulness could, on its own, enable a man—or, as Boccaccio believed, a woman as well—to prevail over the reversals of fortune. Andrew Stark, WSJ, 2 July 2021 As a result, the traditional hardware-centric conception of infrastructure is losing its relevance. Aidin Aghamiri, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Violence is wrapped up in Hollywood’s conception of Muslims. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 From my perspective, today’s conception of burnout has the same symptoms as yesterday’s neurasthenia, a diagnosis that became wildly popular after it was introduced by the neurologist George Beard and the physician Silas Weir Mitchell, in 1869. The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 These questions are as old as any conception of individual rights. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 Given the ways the world has changed over the past five years, has your conception of populism changed as well? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 9 July 2021 This self-conception, Rovelli went on, is understandable, especially among physicists, who make their names in the outer reaches of human understanding. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of conception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for conception

Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere — see concept entry 1

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“Conception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conception. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for conception

conception

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conception

: the process of forming an idea
: the process that occurs within a woman's body when she becomes pregnant
: an idea of what something is or should be

conception

noun
con·​cep·​tion | \ kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce conception (audio) \

Medical Definition of conception

1a : the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both
b : embryo, fetus
2a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols
b : a general idea

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