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conception

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The event that occurred at the beginning of something

The creation of something in the mind

Fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon

An abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Word definitions for conception in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADJECTIVE ancient ▪ The reference here to distrust of the judiciary once again accentuates Dicey's adoption of the ancient conception of the rule of law. ▪ There are basic differences between the ancient and modern conceptions...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Conception \Con*cep"tion\, n. [F. conception, L. conceptio, fr. concipere to conceive. See Conceive .] The act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life. I will greaty multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. --Gen. iii. 16. The...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The act of conceive. 2 The state of being conceived; the beginning. 3 The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm to form a zygote. 4 The start of pregnancy. 5 The formation of a conceptus or an implanted embryo. 6 The power or faculty of apprehending...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances [syn: concept , construct ] [ant: misconception ] the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon the event that occurred at the beginning of something;...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Conception , or a concept , is an abstract idea or a mental symbol. Conception may also refer to: Conception, or fertilisation , the fusion of gametes to produce a new organism Conception (album) , an album by Miles Davis Conception (album), a posthumous...

Usage examples of conception.

The pure and sublime idea which they entertained of the Supreme Being escaped the gross conception of the Pagan multitude, who were at a loss to discover a spiritual and solitary God, that was neither represented under any corporeal figure or visible symbol, nor was adored with the accustomed pomp of libations and festivals, of altars and sacrifices.

The Negro is willing to discuss no further this prejudicial conception of himself forced home by libelous propaganda and by governmental administration for hundreds of years, if the agencies of reconstruction will perfect and put in operation a vigorous Americanization policy in his behalf.

Great ingenuity, however, and vigor of thought, sometimes break out amidst those unnatural conceptions: a few anacreontics surprise us by their ease and gayety: his prose writings please by the honesty and goodness which they express, and even by their spleen and melancholy.

And in their effort to keep themselves from being engulfed in the apostacy of a great leader, the scientists, as by a unanimous chorus, announce that the scientific dogmas which enter more or less essentially into their atheistic conception of the universe, are nothing but surmises!

Since we know from Theopompus that certain conceptions, illustrated in the Bundehesh and not contained in the fragmentary Avestan books which have reached us, were actually received Zoroastrian 25 Studien uber das Zend Avesta, in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft, 1855, band ix.

Mordechai Tanenbaum-Tamaroff of Bialystok was the most vehement opponent of the partisan conception, yet the town was in an immense primeval forest.

There were great differences in conception, first of all between the Bosniaks, who supported an integral BosniaHercegovina, and the Serbs, who openly wanted to divide it and annex their part to Serbia.

The Feline Breeds have experienced this, but conception occurs quickly in them, without drugs or hormonal treatments.

Other cases, somewhat similar, will be found under the discussion of late conception.

The whole conception of the militarized continental state, with its secret police, its censored literature and its conscript labour, is utterly different from that of the loose maritime democracy, with its slums and unemployment, its strikes and party politics.

The Dantean conceptions of Inferno were childish and unworthy of the Divine imagination: fire and torture.

That is why the Dayaks, apart from the murders they commit when actuated by their conception of justice, are depicted, by all those who know them, as a most sympathetic people.

Enlightenment developed a conception of nature, including human nature,.

Since he has no developed conception of postconventional society, anything preconventional steps in to announce our salvation.

The dishware in the cabinets is arranged according to precise plan, the stacks spaced exact distances apart and ordered according to a conception of size, color, and function that no one but Miriam fully understands.