Definitions for: Conception

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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