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▪ 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.
▪ We might refer to these as the ancient and modern conceptions.
▪ In the Management Matrix model there is an even broader conception of the range of decisions calling for specialization and delegation.
▪ The grouping demonstrates Henry's clerks' clear conception of the administrative geography of the county.
▪ A principle of inquiry can not be something that may keep us from recognizing a clear and settled conception.
▪ We do have a clear and settled conception of standard effects.
▪ If we are to point to government growth, then different conceptions of the term might lead to different measures of growth.
▪ The principles of justice adopted in the original position are neutral between different conceptions of the good.
▪ But it has a radically different conception of the forces that empower achievers.
▪ But this misses the real distinction between diametrically opposed beliefs based on entirely different conceptions of the satisfaction of human needs.
▪ A different conception of collective bargaining in terms both of its character and role is applicable in socialist countries with centrally-planned economies.
▪ Situating herself within the Anglo-Saxon analytic tradition, she looks at different conceptions of philosophy, its content and methods.
▪ We have seen then two very different conceptions of poverty, that of subsistence and of deprivation.
▪ These divergent courses of development embodied different conceptions of politics and of political institutions.
▪ The following day, the feast of the immaculate conception, there was a closing ceremony in St Peter's Square.
▪ Some see in it the girdle ot hymen and the promise of the immaculate conception of a Messiah.
▪ There are basic differences between the ancient and modern conceptions.
▪ We might refer to these as the ancient and modern conceptions.
▪ It is along this line that one must trace the thread of the new conception of the world.
▪ But in this new conception of death people found a new conception of life, prized anew for its own intrinsic worth.
▪ It is also clear that traditional syntheses between science and faith were badly shaken by new conceptions of nature.
▪ But in this new conception of death people found a new conception of life, prized anew for its own intrinsic worth.
▪ Accordingly, he formulated a new conception of drama to suit his own inclinations.
▪ Galileo rendered his new conceptions meaningful and increasingly more precise by means of illustrations and thought experiments.
▪ Their original conception involved a great railway station in one of the most important sites in the capital.
▪ The original conception of review is indeed that set out above.
▪ A good arrangement should sound as though it were an original conception, and not an arrangement at all.
▪ But the simplicity of Blake and Mouton's original conception has probably been the main reason for its success.
▪ The particular conception sees both processes as necessary features of a social representation.
▪ But it does mean that the particular conceptions of science held by its pioneers were often informed by theological and metaphysical beliefs.
▪ Both theories are exercises in analytical moral philosophy which aspire to provide rational principles to support particular conceptions of just social arrangements.
▪ Definitions are useful only in so far as they encapsulate a particular conception or theory of the phenomena one wishes to study.
▪ This, and many similar references, suggests that this remains the popular conception of an internal market.
▪ There is much residual truth in these popular conceptions and we shall find them useful, subject to some refinement.
▪ Does the press narrow popular conceptions of rape and make it more difficult for raped women to obtain justice?
▪ At the level of legal reasoning these developments can not be accommodated within the traditional contractual conception of the company.
▪ Here, it scarcely needs stating, we have in mind a traditional, negative conception of liberty.
▪ This process of reclaiming, revaluing and sometimes challenging traditional conceptions is extremely complex.
▪ The first and traditional conception of the company might be labelled the fiction/concession theory.
▪ Physical education is highly valued and forms part of a fully integrated educational programme based on a unitary conception of man.
▪ The difference is that the first is based on a spatial conception and the second on a temporal one.
▪ It had magnificent vaults based on the conceptions of Imperial Rome and was one of the great abbeys of its age.
▪ These methods, however, seemed to be largely based on positivist conceptions of social science.
▪ But this misses the real distinction between diametrically opposed beliefs based on entirely different conceptions of the satisfaction of human needs.
▪ Kant and Rousseau based their conceptions of freedom on this ideal of self-legislation.
▪ This is one of the photographs which helped to form the earliest conceptions of the medium.
▪ Rheinhold argues that life does not begin at conception.
▪ Straczynski is responsible not only for the conception of the show, but for most of its scripts.
▪ A constructivist would deny the existence of anything that corresponds to this conception of a phenomenal screen.
▪ An enactment which threatened the essential elements of any plausible conception of democratic government would lie beyond those boundaries.
▪ And, indeed, his theory is firmly rooted in his conception of equilibrium.
▪ For in fact, Co-operation does not fit comfortably into the Webbs' conception of Socialism.
▪ If we adopt the more expansive conception of democracy which has been used throughout this book, the case is even stronger.
▪ In rabbinic canon law, the rabbi explained, human life does not simply begin at conception.
▪ Since its conception, two of the airlines that used the old airport as a hub have disappeared.
▪ We can take as one starting point Tocqueville's conception of democracy, which I have already briefly sketched in the Introduction.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Conception \Con*cep"tion\, n. [F. conception, L. conceptio, fr. concipere to conceive. See Conceive.]

  1. 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.

  2. The state of being conceived; beginning.

    Joy had the like conception in our eyes.

  3. The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception.

    Under the article of conception, I shall confine myself to that faculty whose province it is to enable us to form a notion of our past sensations, or of the objects of sense that we have formerly perceived.

  4. The formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension.

    Conception consists in a conscious act of the understanding, bringing any given object or impression into the same class with any number of other objects or impression, by means of some character or characters common to them all.

  5. The image, idea, or notion of any action or thing which is formed in the mind; a concept; a notion; a universal; the product of a rational belief or judgment. See Concept.

    He [Herodotus] says that the sun draws or attracts the water; a metaphorical term obviously intended to denote some more general and abstract conception than that of the visible operation which the word primarily signifies.

  6. Idea; purpose; design.

    Note this dangerous conception.

  7. Conceit; affected sentiment or thought. [Obs.]

    He . . . is full of conceptions, points of epigram, and witticism.

    Syn: Idea; notion; perception; apprehemsion; comprehension.

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). 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.


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 of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception; the ability to form mental abstractions. 7 An image, idea, or notion formed in the mind; a concept, plan or design.

  1. n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances [syn: concept, construct] [ant: misconception]

  2. the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon

  3. the event that occurred at the beginning of something; "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure" [syn: creation]

  4. the creation of something in the mind [syn: invention, innovation, excogitation, design]


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 album by Bill Evans
  • Conception (song), a jazz standard by George Shearing
  • Conception (band), a Norwegian band
  • Conception (film), a 2011 film
  • Conception, Missouri, United States
  • Conception: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure!, a Japanese role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable
Conception (band)

Conception were a power/ progressive metal band from Raufoss, Norway.

Conception (album)

Conception is a compilation album issued by Prestige Records in 1956 as PRLP 7013, featuring Miles Davis on a number of tracks. The album features other notable musicians such as Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Zoot Sims. The cover was designed by Bob Parent. The tracks had all been previously released by Prestige in discontinued formats, either on 10 inch LPs, or as 78rpm singles. In particular, the entirety of the 10"LP Lee Konitz: The New Sounds (PRLP 116) makes up all of side 1.

Conception (song)

"Conception" is a 1950 jazz standard. It was written by George Shearing.

Conception (film)

Conception is an American film that was released in 2011. The film is produced by Rock It Productions.

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.