Definitions of conception

  1. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  2. the event that occurred at the beginning of something; " from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"
  3. the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
  4. the creation of something in the mind
  5. The act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life.
  6. The state of being conceived; beginning.
  7. The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception.
  8. The formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension.
  9. 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.
  10. Idea; purpose; design.
  11. Conceit; affected sentiment or thought.
  12. The act or power of understanding; an idea or notion; the act of becoming pregnant.
  13. 1. Concept. 2. The act of forming a general idea or notion. 3. The act of conceiving, or becoming pregnant.
  14. Ovular fecundation.
  15. The act of conceiving: the thing conceived: the formation in the mind of an image or idea: a notion.
  16. Act of conceiving; notion; idea.
  17. The act or faculty of conceiving, or that which is conceived; an idea; notion.
  18. Act of conceiving; the first formation of the foetus of an animal; idea, thought, or image conceived; a notion.
  19. The act of conceiving or being conceived; image or idea in the mind; view, sentiment, or thought.
  20. See under conceit.

Usage examples for conception

  1. It is so simple a conception that a child may understand it; and it has probably been passed before the attention of every thinking man since Plato's time. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  2. He was not so sure that he had any very definite conception of the foundations of an English house. – The Thousandth Woman by Ernest W. Hornung
  3. And this conception gained expression in the law. – The Emancipation of Massachusetts by Brooks Adams
  4. He tried to realize what he had looked for when he had asked her to marry him, and could not get a clear conception of his vision. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  5. Fortunately it is a conception impossible to be realized. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  6. Of course, no child born and brought up in such a place as that could have any conception of home. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  7. It should be remembered, too, that the lofty conception which most Americans held of the opportunities and customs of their country stood in the way of a frank study of conditions and an equally frank admission of abuses. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  8. No conception of the duty of self- restraint ever reached him till, at last, the nervous system, often slow to anger, began to express its objection to the abuse it was suffering. – Our Nervous Friends Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness by Robert S. Carroll
  9. Unfortunately, it is this narrow conception of human relations that has brought about a great tragedy in the lives of the modern man and woman. – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  10. He once told me that the fear of it was a part of his earliest consciousness, before the time when he could have had any intellectual conception of it. – Questionable Shapes by William Dean Howells
  11. But this conception is far too narrow. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  12. This conception of a national life, one with the land itself, was very clear to the ancient Irish, just as it has been and is the foundation of all later national effort. – The Glories of Ireland by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  13. This conception Aristotle extended to Thought, to the various forms of life, to education, to morals, to politics. – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  14. A man whose scientific eminence is incontestable, and who united in his own person powers of conception will, and imagination, would surely have invented better if he had invented at all. – Seraphita by Honore de Balzac
  15. It all depends on what conception we have of the spirit. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  16. I don't put this forward as an inspired conception – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  17. And it changed also his conception of how these people were likely to act. – The Bittermeads Mystery by E. R. Punshon
  18. She wished her father had the smallest conception of management. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  19. What's your conception of a man? – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  20. You have no conception of what my father has done to me with his terrible words. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner