conception

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From Middle English conceptioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptio (a comprehending, a collection, composition, an expression, also a becoming pregnant), from concipere, past participle conceptus (conceive); see conceive.

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conception (plural conceptions)

  1. The act of conceiving.
  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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin conceptio (comprehension, understanding).

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  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.kəp.sjɔ̃/

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conception f (plural conceptions)

  1. conception (of a child)
  2. conception (beginning, start)
  3. ability to understand
  4. viewpoint; angle
  5. concept, idea

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