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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.
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.
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Adj.1.conceptive - capable of conceiving
fertile - capable of reproducing
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omer Mohamed Salih, the Cabinet Secretary General, explained that the delibrative forum tackled the issues of the civil service, and the conceptive questions of planning and the strategic planning, the administrative knowledge related to the leadership and thinking, the higher administrative skills, beside the time management, the mandate of the authorities, and the preparation of plans and reports and how to present them, expressing hope that the fourm would achieve the reqired goals.