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Definition 1: the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon - [noun denoting act]

(conception is a kind of ...) activities associated with sexual intercourse

"they had sex in the back seat"

Definition 2: an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for conception in the sense of this definition

(conception is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of conception ) a concept whose truth can be proved

"scientific hypotheses are not facts"

(... is a kind of conception ) a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory" "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"

(... is a kind of conception ) a concept that is expressed by a word (in some particular language)

(... is a kind of conception ) a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

"the laws of thermodynamics"

(... is a kind of conception ) a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

(... is a kind of conception ) all of something including all its component elements or parts

"Europe considered as a whole" "the whole of American literature"

(... is a kind of conception ) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

"the written part of the exam" "the finance section of the company" "the BBC's engineering division"

(... is a kind of conception ) the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

(... is a kind of conception ) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

"he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"

(... is a kind of conception ) a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

"self-confidence is not an endearing property"

(... is a kind of conception ) a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

"it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast" "short haircuts were the regulation"

(... is a kind of conception ) a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

(... is a kind of conception ) a general inclusive concept

(... is a kind of conception ) an elaborated concept

(... is a kind of conception ) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

Definition 3: the creation of something in the mind - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for conception in the sense of this definition

(conception is a kind of ...) the ability to create

(... is a kind of conception ) the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose

"his testimony was a concoction" "she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories"

(... is a kind of conception ) the faculty of contriving; inventive skill

"his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

Definition 4: the event that occurred at the beginning of something - [noun denoting event]

Samples where conception or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • from its creation the plan was doomed to failure

Synonyms for conception in the sense of this definition

(conception is a kind of ...) the event consisting of the start of something

"the beginning of the war"

(... is a kind of conception ) creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant

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