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Pronunciation:  kun'sepshun

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  1. [n]  the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
  2. [n]  the creation of something in the mind
  3. [n]  an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  4. [n]  the event that occurred at the beginning of something; "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"

CONCEPTION is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: concept, construct, creation, design, excogitation, innovation, invention
 Antonyms: misconception
 See Also: abstract, abstraction, attribute, beginning, category, conceptualisation, conceptuality, conceptualization, concoction, contrivance, creativeness, creativity, dimension, division, fact, fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, hypothesis, idea, imaginary being, imaginary creature, impregnation, law, law of nature, lexicalized concept, linguistic rule, natural law, notion, part, possibility, property, quantity, regulation, rule, section, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, theory, thought, whole



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

2. The state of being conceived; beginning.

         Joy had the like conception in our eyes. --Shak.

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

         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.                            --Stewart.

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

         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.                  --Whewell.

6. Idea; purpose; design.

         Note this dangerous conception.       --Shak.

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

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

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

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The onset of pregnancy.
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