Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin conceptio, from concipere; CONCEIVE


Related topics: Human
1 [uncountable and countable] an idea about what something is like, or a general understanding of something [↪ concept]
conception of
the conception of parliamentary democracy
changing conceptions of the world
have (no) conception of something
They have no conception of what women really feel and want.
2 [uncountable] a process in which someone forms a plan or idea [↪ conceive]:
the original conception of the book
3HBH [uncountable and countable] the process by which a woman or female animal becomes pregnant, or the time when this happens [↪ conceive]:
the moment of conception

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