Meaning of conception

con•cep•tion

Pronunciation: (kun-sep'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of conceiving; the state of being conceived.
  2. fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
  3. a notion; idea; concept: She has some odd conceptions about life.
  4. something that is conceived: That machine is the conception of a genius.
  5. origination; beginning: The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
  6. a design; plan.
  7. a sketch of something not actually existing: an artist's conception of ancient Athens.
  8. the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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