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conception


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conception  \Con*cep"tion\,  n.  [F.  conception,  L.  conceptio,  fr 
  concipere  to  conceive.  See  {Conceive}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  conceiving  in  the  womb;  the  initiation  of  an 
  embryonic  animal  life. 
 
  I  will  greaty  multiply  thy  sorrow  and  thy 
  conception.  --Gen.  iii. 
  16. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  conceived;  beginning. 
 
  Joy  had  the  like  conception  in  our  eyes.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  power  or  faculty  of  apprehending  of  forming  an  idea  in 
  the  mind;  the  power  of  recalling  a  past  sensation  or 
  perception. 
 
  Under  the  article  of  conception,  I  shall  confine 
  myself  to  that  faculty  whose  province  it  is  to 
  enable  us  to  form  a  notion  of  our  past  sensations, 
  or  of  the  objects  of  sense  that  we  have  formerly 
  perceived.  --Stewart. 
 
  4.  The  formation  in  the  mind  of  an  image,  idea,  or  notion, 
  apprehension. 
 
  Conception  consists  in  a  conscious  act  of  the 
  understanding,  bringing  any  given  object  or 
  impression  into  the  same  class  with  any  number  of 
  other  objects  or  impression,  by  means  of  some 
  character  or  characters  common  to  them  all 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  5.  The  image,  idea,  or  notion  of  any  action  or  thing  which  is 
  formed  in  the  mind;  a  concept;  a  notion;  a  universal;  the 
  product  of  a  rational  belief  or  judgment.  See  {Concept}. 
 
  He  [Herodotus]  says  that  the  sun  draws  or  attracts 
  the  water;  a  metaphorical  term  obviously  intended  to 
  denote  some  more  general  and  abstract  conception 
  than  that  of  the  visible  operation  which  the  word 
  primarily  signifies.  --Whewell. 
 
  6.  Idea;  purpose;  design. 
 
  Note  this  dangerous  conception.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  Conceit;  affected  sentiment  or  thought.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  .  .  .  is  full  of  conceptions,  points  of  epigram, 
  and  witticism.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Idea;  notion;  perception;  apprehemsion;  comprehension. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conception 
  n  1:  an  abstract  or  general  idea  inferred  or  derived  from 
  specific  instances  [syn:  {concept},  {construct}]  [ant:  {misconception}] 
  2:  the  act  of  becoming  pregnant;  fertilization  of  an  ovum  by  a 
  spermatozoon 
  3:  the  event  that  occured  at  the  beginning  of  something  "from 
  its  creation  the  plan  was  doomed  to  failure"  [syn:  {creation}] 
  4:  the  creation  of  something  in  the  mind  [syn:  {invention},  {innovation}, 
  {excogitation},  {design}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Conception,  MO 
  Zip  code(s):  64433 




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