- An example of conception is when the egg and sperm meet and form a life.
- An example of conception is the creation of a new marketing technique.
- a conceiving or being conceived; specif., the conceiving of an embryo
- that which is conceived; specif., an embryo or fetus
- the beginning of some process, chain of events, etc.
- the act, process, or power of conceiving mentally; formulation of ideas, esp. of abstractions
- a mental impression; general notion; concept
- an original idea, design, plan, etc.
Origin of conceptionMiddle English concepcioun ; from Old French conception ; from Classical Latin conceptio, a comprehending, conception ; from conceptus: see conceive
- a. Formation of a viable zygote by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; fertilization.b. The entity formed by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; an embryo or zygote.
- a. The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions: happiness beyond conception.b. Something conceived in the mind or believed by a group of people; a concept, thought, or belief: the medieval conception of justice. See Synonyms at idea.c. The beginning or formation of an idea or plan: She was involved in the project from its conception.
Origin of conceptionMiddle English concepcioun, from Old French conception, from Latin concepti&omacron;, concepti&omacron;n-, from conceptus; see concept.
- The act of conceiving.
- The state of being conceived; the beginning.
- The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm to form a zygote.
- The start of pregnancy.
- The formation of a conceptus or an implanted embryo.
- 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.
- An image, idea, or notion formed in the mind; a concept, plan or design.