- 1The action of conceiving a child or of one being conceived: an unfertilized egg before conception [count noun]: a rise in premarital conceptionsMore example sentences
- Defective mitochondria can slow down or prevent the growth of a fertilised egg, preventing conception.
- After all, at conception, the fertilized egg has all the information necessary to code for your physical potential.
- No one even knew about conception until recently.
- 2The forming or devising of a plan or idea: the time between a product’s conception and its launchMore example sentences
- Still, this was no pet project for Lauder, whose role encompassed everything from idea conception to product development to marketing.
- He said: ‘The idea was in conception before September 11 and was not a reaction to it.’
- But that's the way with novelty productions: What seems like a brilliant idea in conception often proves to have very stubby legs in the real world.
- 2.1 [count noun] The way in which something is perceived or regarded: our conception of how language relates to realityMore example sentences
- As I said I think at the beginning, we are an unhealthy society in regard to our conceptions of aging.
- Nonetheless, each perspective defines hegemony with regard to different conceptions of agency.
- Instead, feminist conceptions of objectivity are procedural.
- 2.2 [count noun] An abstract idea; a concept: the conception of a balance of powerMore example sentences
- We may call this an unwarrantable and indeed incomprehensible leap from the abstract intellectual conceptions of mathematics to the solid realities of nature.
- We know that abstract conceptions such as ‘time’ and ‘flour’ can be hard to grasp for most people.
- However, these are quite abstract conceptions, taken out of historical and social context.
- 2.3 [count noun] A plan or intention: reconstructing Bach’s original conceptionsMore example sentences
- To prize autonomy is to respect the conception of others, to weigh their plans for themselves heavily in deciding what is good for them: but children do not start out with plans or conceptions.
- In this recent revision, Beck proposed a new conception for the structure and processes involved in psychopathology.
- Bold in his strategic conceptions, McClellan nevertheless dreaded the actual execution of his plans.
- 2.4Ability to imagine; understanding: the administration had no conception of women’s problemsMore example sentences
- The common throng had no conception of his problems; all of them thought being a dictator was the end-all.
- That is why I think this is such an artificial foundation for deriving a rule nowadays from a case that had no conception of the Internet.
- The idiot potter who made it had no conception of the true power of words and what they can do.
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- This year boasts a refreshing mix of the figurative and the conceptional.
- Some workers in India suggest that BCG vaccination can be successfully done in infants at 34 wk post conceptional age or above and at 1800 g weight.
- One of the most important formal patterns enabling the creation of associational conceptional networks in silent comedy is the sight gag.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin conceptio(n-), from the verb concipere (see conceive).