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Definition of "conception" []

  • Formation of a viable zygote by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; fertilization. (noun)
  • The entity formed by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; an embryo or zygote. (noun)
  • The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions. (noun)
  • Something conceived in the mind; a concept, plan, design, idea, or thought. See Synonyms at idea. (noun)
  • Archaic A beginning; a start. (noun)
  • Something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The description under which someone considers something (noun)
  • The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb (noun)
  • Origin or beginning (noun)
  • The act or power of forming notions; invention (noun)

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Use "conception" in a sentence
  • "And since the conception of form resolves itself into _motion_, _conception_, _purpose_ or _end_, so the Eternal"
  • "This "certain conception" is slowly being fleshed out here."
  • "The term conception does not mean the active or generative conception by her parents."