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v. con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives
1. To become pregnant with (offspring): She conceived her first child in London, but her second child was conceived in Paris.
2. To form or develop in the mind: conceive a plan to increase profits; conceive a passion for a new acquaintance.
3. To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
4. To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive that such a tragedy could occur.
5. To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement that was conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
1. To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
2. To become pregnant.

[Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

con·ceiv′a·bil′i·ty, con·ceiv′a·ble·ness n.
con·ceiv′a·ble adj.
con·ceiv′a·bly adv.
con·ceiv′er n.
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Noun1.conceivability - the state of being conceivable
possibleness, possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
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