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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This conception of happiness encompasses the great contradiction in American culture: individualistic in the focus on the self, yet communitarian in the reliance on a cooperative marketplace. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 In our view, perhaps Y2Y’s most significant accomplishment has been expanding the conservation community’s conception of how to do large-landscape conservation effectively and equitably. The Conversation, oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 Light is an intervention; darkness is original, primordial, the backdrop against which conception is forged. Suzannah Showler, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Although Gabbert felt her conception experience was relatively easy, the financial challenge was the most difficult aspect of raising her daughter as a single mom by choice. Michelle Stansbury, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 For Baldwin, love was the key that unlocks the door to a more healing and liberating conception of God and experience of faith. Danté Stewart, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 Though the reader is unlikely to learn much about who’s Black (or why), the book offers an invaluable historical example of the creation of a scientific conception of race that is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 That, at best, reflects a very narrow conception of what national security means in the context of critical minerals. Mary Hui, Quartz, 7 Apr. 2022 The findings showed the frequency of birth defects in babies born to men who had a type 2 diabetes but were not using metformin was 3.3% but increased to 5.2% with fathers' exposure to the drug prior to conception. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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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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