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.
Origin and Etymology of conception
Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere —see 1concept
First Known Use: 14th century
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