conception
noun Etymology: Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both (2) embryo, fetus b. beginning <
joy had the like conception in our eyes — Shakespeare
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2. a. the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols b. a general idea ; concept c. a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking d. the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something 3. the originating of something in the mind Synonyms: see ideaconceptional adjectiveconceptive adjective

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  • Conception — 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 (band), a… …   Wikipedia

  • conception — Conception. s. f. v. L action par laquelle la femme conçoit. Au temps de la conception de l enfant. depuis la conception jusques à l enfantement. quand la conception de l enfant se fait dans le ventre de la femme. la Feste de la Conception de la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • conception — CONCEPTION. sub. f. L action par laquelle un enfant est conçu dans le ventre de sa mère. Ait temps de la conception de l enfant. Depuis la conception jusqu à l enfantement. La Fête de la Conception de la Sainte Vierge. f♛/b] Il se dit aussi Des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 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. [1913 Webster] I will greaty multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. Gen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conception — early 14c., act of conceiving, from O.Fr. concepcion (Mod.Fr. conception) conception, grasp, comprehension, from L. conceptionem (nom. conceptio) a comprehending, conception, noun of action from stem of concipere (see CONCEIVE (Cf. conceive)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conception — Conception, Conceptio, Conceptus huius conceptus. Engendrement ou conception, Genitura. La conception de nostre entendement, Sensus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • conception — [kən sep′shən] n. [ME concepcioun < OFr conception < L conceptio, a comprehending, conception < conceptus: see CONCEIVE] 1. a conceiving or being conceived 2. that which is conceived; specif., an embryo or fetus 3. the beginning of some… …   English World dictionary

  • Conception — fue una banda de metal técnico/progresivo de Raufoss, Noruega. Contenido 1 Historia 2 Miembros del grupo 3 Miembros pasados 4 Discografía …   Wikipedia Español

  • conception — I (beginning) noun concept, design, idea, ingenuity, invention, notion, original plan, origination, plan, thought II (insemination) noun beginning of life, fecundation, fecundity, fertilization, impregnation, inception of pregnancy, pregnancy,… …   Law dictionary

  • conception — [n1] understanding; idea apperception, appreciation, apprehension, clue, cogitating, cognition, communing, comprehension, conceit, concentrating, concept, consideration, considering, deliberating, design, dreaming, envisaging, explanation,… …   New thesaurus

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