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[kuh n-sep-shuh n] /kənˈsɛp ʃən/

the act of ; the state of being .
fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
a notion; idea; :
She has some odd conceptions about life.
something that is :
That machine is the conception of a genius.
origination; beginning:
The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
a design; plan.
a sketch of something not actually existing:
an artist’s conception of ancient Athens.
the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or .
something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
the description under which someone considers something: her conception of freedom is wrong
the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
origin or beginning: from its conception the plan was a failure
the act or power of forming notions; invention

1630s, from Latin conceptivus, from conceptus, past participle of concipere (see conceive).

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.

conception con·cep·tion (kən-sěp’shən)

The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.

Fertilization; the union of the sperm and ovum to form a zygote. (See reproductive systems.)


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