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con·cep·tion

 (kən-sĕp′shən)
n.
1.
a. Formation of a viable zygote by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; fertilization.
b. The entity formed by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; an embryo or zygote.
2.
a. The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions: happiness beyond conception.
b. Something conceived in the mind or believed by a group of people; a concept, thought, or belief: the medieval conception of justice. See Synonyms at idea.
c. The beginning or formation of an idea or plan: She was involved in the project from its conception.

[Middle English concepcioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptiō, conceptiōn-, from conceptus; see concept.]

con·cep′tion·al adj.
con·cep′tive adj.
con·cep′tive·ly adv.

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. (Physiology) 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]
conˈceptional, conˈceptive adj

con•cep•tion

(kənˈsɛp ʃən)

n.
1. the act of conceiving or the state of being conceived.
2. fertilization; the formation of a zygote from the union of sperm and egg.
3. a product of fertilization, as an embryo.
4. a notion; idea; concept.
5. something that is conceived: That theory is the conception of a genius.
6. origination; beginning.
7. a design; plan.
8. the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin conceptiō <concep-, concipere (see conceive)]
con•cep′tion•al, adj.
con•cep′tive, adj.
syn: See idea.

con·cep·tion

(kən-sĕp′shən)
The formation of a cell capable of developing into a new organism by the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conception - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
notion - a general inclusive concept
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
rule, regulation - a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
attribute, dimension, property - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
abstract, abstraction - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
quantity - the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
division, section, part - one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
whole - all of something including all its component elements or parts; "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
natural law, law - a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
law of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
lexicalized concept - a concept that is expressed by a word (in some particular language)
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
fact - a concept whose truth can be proved; "scientific hypotheses are not facts"
linguistic rule, rule - (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
misconception - an incorrect conception
2.conception - the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
3.conception - the event that occurred at the beginning of something; "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"
beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
4.conception - the creation of something in the mindconception - the creation of something in the mind
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
concoction - the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose; "his testimony was a concoction"; "she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories"
contrivance - the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

conception

noun
1. understanding, idea, picture, impression, perception, clue, appreciation, comprehension, inkling He doesn't have the slightest conception of teamwork.
2. idea, plan, design, image, concept, notion The symphony is admirable in its conception.
3. impregnation, insemination, fertilization, germination Six weeks after conception your baby is the size of your little fingernail.
4. origin, beginning, launching, birth, formation, invention, outset, initiation, inception It is six year's since the project's conception.

conception

noun
That which exists in the mind as the product of careful mental activity:
Translations
إِدْراك، فَهْم، فِكْرَهحَمْل
početípojetípředstava
begrebforestillingundfangelse
fogamzás
hugmyndtilurî; upphugsun, hugmynd, getnaîur
düşüncefikirfikir oluşturma

conception

[kənˈsepʃən] N
1. [of child, idea] → concepción f
see also immaculate
2. (= idea) → concepto m
a bold conceptionun concepto grandioso
he has not the remotest conception ofno tiene ni la menor idea de ...

conception

[kənˈsɛpʃən] n
[baby] → conception f
(= idea) → idée f, conception f

conception

n
(= forming ideas)Vorstellung f
(= idea)Vorstellung f; (= way sth is conceived)Konzeption f; what’s your conception of the ideal life?was ist Ihrer Vorstellung nach ein ideales Leben?; the Buddhist conception of life/nature/moralitydie buddhistische Auffassung vom Leben/Vorstellung von der Natur/Moralvorstellung; the classical conception of beautydas klassische Schönheitsideal; they have a totally different conception of justicesie haben eine völlig unterschiedliche Auffassung or Vorstellung von Gerechtigkeit; in their conception they are …sie sind von der Konzeption her …; he has no conception of how difficult it iser macht sich (dat)keinen Begriff davon or er hat keine Vorstellung, wie schwer das ist
(of child)die Empfängnis, die Konzeption (form)

conception

[kənˈsɛpʃn] n
a. (idea) → concetto, concezione f
b. (of child) → concepimento

concept

(ˈkonsept) noun
an idea or theory. His design was a new concept in town-planning.
conception (kənˈsepʃən) noun
1. the act of conceiving.
2. an idea grasped or understood. We can have no conception of the size of the universe.

con·cep·tion

n. concepción, acto de concebir.

conception

n (obst) concepción f
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