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conception

[kuhn-sep-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of conceiving; the state of being conceived.
2.
fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
3.
a notion; idea; concept: She has some odd conceptions about life.
4.
something that is conceived: That machine is the conception of a genius.
5.
origination; beginning: The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
6.
a design; plan.
7.
a sketch of something not actually existing: an artist's conception of ancient Athens.
8.
the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English concepcion < Latin conceptiōn- (stem of conceptiō), equivalent to Latin concept- (see concept) + -iōn- -ion

conceptional, adjective
conceptive, adjective
postconception, adjective
reconception, noun

concept, conception, inception.


3. See idea.
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conception (kənˈsɛpʃən)
 
n
1.  something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
2.  the description under which someone considers something: her conception of freedom is wrong
3.  the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
4.  origin or beginning: from its conception the plan was a failure
5.  the act or power of forming notions; invention
 
[C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive]
 
con'ceptional
 
adj
 
con'ceptive
 
adj

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conception
c.1300, from Fr. conception, from L. conceptionem, noun of action from concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with ref. to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s;
"general notion" is from 1785.
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conception con·cep·tion (kən-sěp'shən)
n.

  1. The act of forming a general idea or notion.

  2. The formation of a viable zygote by the union of a spermatozoon and an ovum; fertilization.

  3. See concept.

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conception   (kən-sěp'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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conception definition


Fertilization; the union of the sperm and ovum to form a zygote. (See reproductive systems.)

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