From Middle English conceptioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptio (“a comprehending, a collection, composition, an expression, also a becoming pregnant”), from concipere, past participle conceptus (“conceive”); see conceive.
conception (plural conceptions)
- 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.
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Genesis 3:16
- Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
- conception in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- conception in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
Borrowed from Latin conceptio (“comprehension, understanding”).
- IPA: /kɔ̃.kəp.sjɔ̃/
conception f (plural conceptions)
- conception (of a child)
- conception (beginning, start)
- ability to understand
- viewpoint; angle
- concept, idea