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.
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.
Recent Examples on the WebBoth determinism and free will can lend themselves to a conception of life that implies a sense of underlying order.—The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 And that culture and that conception are in their last stages, which bodes ill for Thanksgiving's retention of its core meaning.—Jack Butler, National Review, 23 Nov. 2023 However, the book seems to suggest that exchanging anecdotes and tales, in the way that Juan and the narrator do, can fortify people who have been marginalized in the here and now, and guide them toward a conception of what could be.—Tope Folarin, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2023 But the craving for a more holistic conception of beauty feels real.—Meng Jin, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2023 Traditional conceptions of friendship Previous generations of behavioral scientists traditionally focused on the notion that people form friendships with those who are similar, familiar and in close proximity to them.—Jessica D. Ayers, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Plus, my stress levels shoot up when traveling, which is not great for conception.—Sophie Strosberg, Parents, 26 Oct. 2023 Unlike, say, Furby, American Girl appears to have inhered in some essential way within the millennial conception of self.—Lizzie Feidelson, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Because that’s the only conception people have of a film with a candidate in it.—Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere — see conceptentry 1