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conception

[kuh n-sep-shuh n] /kənˈsɛp ʃən/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English concepcion < Latin conceptiōn- (stem of conceptiō), equivalent to Latin concept- (see concept) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conceptional, adjective
conceptive, adjective
postconception, adjective
reconception, noun
Can be confused
concept, conception, inception.
Synonyms
3. See idea.
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  • And despite the common conceptions of deserts as dry and hot, there are cold deserts as well.
  • Our conceptions of the brain have followed a parallel course toward mechanized models of disease and healing.
  • But they had no way of knowing how their conceptions of fire would match a real blaze.
  • But they immediately conjure different emotions that severely effect our conceptions.
  • Consider current conceptions of human physical beauty.
  • Their roles and self-conceptions are not going to change dramatically overnight, no matter how cataclysmic an economic event.
  • Such are the conceptions, based on fact, from which new intimations of immortality can be drawn and a new mythos evolved.
  • We do not recognize how minute distant objects really look to us, without something to bring the fact home to our conceptions.
  • The conflicting conceptions here indicated deserve our careful consideration.
  • They speculate on their own but modern science has since long moved beyond triviality of everyday conceptions.
British Dictionary definitions for conceptions

conception

/kənˈsɛpʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
conceptional, conceptive, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
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Word Origin and History for conceptions

conception

n.

early 14c., "act of conceiving," from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension," from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) "a comprehending, conception," noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense "process of forming concepts" is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s; "general notion" is from 1785.

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conceptions in Medicine

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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conceptions in Science
conception
  (kən-sěp'shən)   
The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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conceptions in Culture

conception definition


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

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