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Definitions for conception
kənˈsɛp ʃəncon·cep·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concept, conception, constructnoun

    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

  2. conceptionnoun

    the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon

  3. creation, conceptionnoun

    the event that occurred at the beginning of something

    "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"

  4. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, designnoun

    the creation of something in the mind


  1. conceptionnoun

    The act of conceiving.

  2. conceptionnoun

    The state of being conceived; the beginning.

  3. conceptionnoun

    The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm to form a zygote.

  4. conceptionnoun

    The start of pregnancy.

  5. conceptionnoun

    The formation of a conceptus or an implanted embryo.

  6. conceptionnoun

    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. conceptionnoun

    An image, idea, or notion formed in the mind; a concept, plan or design.

  8. Etymology: From conceptioun, from conception, from conceptio, from concipere, past participle conceptus; see conceive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Conceptionnoun

    Etymology: conceptio, Latin.

    I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. Gen. iii. 16.

    Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply
    By thy conception; children thou shalt bring
    In sorrow forth. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 194.

    Joy had the like conception in our eyes,
    And at that instant, like a babe, sprung up. William Shakespeare.

    Our own productions flatter us: it is impossible not to be fond of them at the moment of their conception. John Dryden, Dufresn.

    As conceptions are the images or resemblances of things to the mind within itself, in the like manner are words or names the marks, tokens, or resemblances of those conceptions to the minds of them whom we converse with. Robert South, Sermons.

    Consult the acutest poets and speakers, and they will confess that their quickest, most admired conceptions were such as darted into their minds, like sudden flashes of lightning, they knew not how, nor whence; and not by any certain consequence, or dependence of one thought upon another, as it is in matters of ratiocination. Robert South, Sermons.

    To have right conceptions about them, we must bring our understandings to the inflexible natures and unalterable relations of things, and not endeavour to bring things to any preconceived notions of our own. John Locke.

    Thou but remember’st me of my own conception. I have perceived a most faint neglect of late; which I have rather blamed as my own jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence and purpose of unkindness. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Please your highness, note
    His dangerous conception in this point:
    Not friended by his wish to your high person,
    His will is most malignant, and it stretches
    Beyond you to your friends. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    And as if beasts conceiv’d what reason were,
    And that conception should distinctly show
    They should the name of reasonable bear;
    For, without reason, none could reason know. Davies.

    He is too flatulent sometimes, and sometimes too dry; many times unequal, and almost always forced; and, besides, is full of conceptions, points of epigram, and witticisms; all which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse, but contrary to its nature. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.


  1. conception

    Conception is the process in which a sperm fertilizes an egg or ovum, forming an embryo, and initiating pregnancy. It can also refer to the formation or devising of a plan, idea, or theory in the mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conceptionnoun

    the act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life

  2. Conceptionnoun

    the state of being conceived; beginning

  3. Conceptionnoun

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

  4. Conceptionnoun

    the formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension

  5. Conceptionnoun

    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

  6. Conceptionnoun

    idea; purpose; design

  7. Conceptionnoun

    conceit; affected sentiment or thought


  1. Conception

    Conception is a power/progressive metal band from Raufoss, Norway.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Conception is ranked #72568 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Conception surname appeared 268 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Conception.

    73.5% or 197 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    14.9% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.6% or 15 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 10 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conception' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4713

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conception' in Nouns Frequency: #1647

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conception in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conception in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of conception in a Sentence

  1. Judy Weisman:

    Almost everyone, because we are right on the water here, has been out on (the Conception). We all have a personal connection with it, it's just such a horrific notion to think what the people down in the below decks, the people sleeping down there must have gone through.

  2. Alan Patrick Herbert:

    The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.

  3. James Buchanan:

    What a happy conception, then, was it for Congress to apply this simple rule, that the will of the majority shall govern...

  4. James Bretzke:

    In Catholic Church teaching, some would say it would be acceptable to try to prevent conception in cases like this.

  5. Deborah Lupton:

    Once women do this for a while, they should get a good sense of where in their cycle they ovulate, these apps and software tools are not likely to be effective for women who either are trying to conceive or using these tools to avoid conception.

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