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Definition of conception noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the process of forming an idea or a plan The plan was brilliant in its conception but failed because of lack of money.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] conception (of something) conception (that…) an understanding or a belief of what something is or what something should be Marx's conception of social justice He has no conception of how difficult life is if you're unemployed.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the process of an egg being fertilized inside a woman's body so that she becomes pregnant the moment of conception A child is born about 40 weeks after conception takes place. see also conceive
  4. Word Familyconceive verbconceivable adjective (inconceivable)conceivably adverbconcept nounconception nounconceptual adjective
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