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English noun: conception

1. conception (cognition) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Synonymsconcept, construct

Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

Narrower (hyponym)abstract, abstraction, attribute, category, conceptualisation, conceptuality, conceptualization, dimension, division, fact, hypothesis, law, law, law of nature, lexicalized concept, linguistic rule, natural law, notion, part, possibility, property, quantity, regulation, rule, rule, section, theory, whole


2. conception (act) the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon

Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

3. conception (event) the event that occurred at the beginning of something

SamplesFrom its creation the plan was doomed to failure.


Broader (hypernym)beginning

Narrower (hyponym)fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation

4. conception (cognition) the creation of something in the mind

Synonymsdesign, excogitation, innovation, invention

Broader (hypernym)creative thinking, creativeness, creativity

Narrower (hyponym)concoction, contrivance

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