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conceptionnoun

uk   /kənˈsep.ʃən/ us   /kənˈsep.ʃən/
  • conception noun (IDEA)

C2 [C or U] an idea of what something or someone is like, or a basic understanding of a situation or a principle: People from different cultures have different conceptions of the world. She has a conception of people as being basically good. I thought the book's writing was dreadful, and its conception (= the ideas on which it was based) even worse. He has absolutely no conception of how a successful business should run.
  • conception noun (BABY)

[U] the process of a male and a female sex cell joining and causing a baby to start to form: at/from the moment of conception
(Definition of conception from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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conceptionnoun

us   /kənˈsep·ʃən/
  • conception noun (IDEA)

[C/U] an idea or a particular way you understand or think about something, or a basic understanding of a situation or principle: [U] Most children have no conception of time.
  • conception noun (BABY)

[U] the process in which a baby starts to form in the uterus from the coming together of a sperm and an egg
(Definition of conception from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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