Definition of conception
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 Millc : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking the philosopher's conception of realityd : 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
conceptionalplay \kən-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
conceptiveplay \kən-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.
Recent Examples of conception from the Web
So which conception of citizenship takes precedence in the minds of ordinary Americans?
There has always been a strong tension in our history between the conception of America as devoted to an ideal and as a people, a nation — in a similar if not quite the same sense as some blood-and-soil European countries.
Thus is Toomes/Vulture a cut above the usual villain by conception, and also by design — his villain get-up is a winged contraption of nuts and bolts and welds, befitting his blue-collar roots.
Jacobs is working with a project to create real life avatars, à la the James Cameron movie, or for deeper sci-fi buffs, the Neal Stephenson conception from his 1992 novel Snow Crash.
These competing conceptions of Turkish identity have largely defined the parameters of political discourse since the republic’s founding.
This doesn’t look like a policy made on the basis of a white paper, or on any coherent conception of the public good, but rather, on what was best for someone well-connected.
Because animals do not have a conception of their own individual futures, asking pets to shoulder the burden of prolonged suffering (as many humans must when undergoing chemotherapy) would be considered cruel.
More than 12 years after conception, recurrence rates were similar in both groups.
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