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conception (idea)

Definition:

an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Related to:

conceptional

Plural:

conceptions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

concept | construct

Etymology:

"act of conceiving", from Old French concepcion (Mod.French conception)...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Concept

In metaphysics, and especially ontology, a concept is a fundamental category of existence. In contemporary philosophy, there are at least three prevailing ways to understand what a concept is: Concepts as mental representations, where concepts are ... (36 of 3554 words, 1 image)

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Concept (disambiguation)

a general idea, or something conceived in the mind. Concept or concepts may also refer to: Concept (generic programming), a generic programming term | In computational learning theory, a subset of the instance space; see Concept class | Concepts (C++),... (38 of 196 words, 12 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

concept

an idea, especially an abstract idea | [philosophy] a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the ... (24 of 550 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

concept

an abstract idea | a plan or intention | an idea or invention to help sell or publicize a commodity | [modifier] : (of a car or other vehicle) ... (26 of 160 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

concept [philosophy]

in the Analytic school of philosophy, the subject matter of philosophy, which philosophers of the Analytic school hold to be concerned with the ... (23 of 137 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

concept [countable] | concepts [plural] | have no concept of something

an idea of something that exists ; an idea for something new | "have no concept of something": to be unable to imagine what something is like because ... (27 of 111 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

concept | concepts [plural] | conception [synonym, sense-specific] | notion [synonym, sense-specific] | conceptualization [subtype, sense-specific] | conceptualisation [subtype, sense-specific] | conceptuality [subtype, sense-specific] | scheme [subtype, sense-specific] | rule [subtype, sense-specific] | ...

An understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), ... | [programming] In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and ... (33 of 109 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

concept [entry 1, noun] | thought [synonym, sense-specific] | notion [synonym, sense-specific] | generalization [synonym, sense-specific] | conception [synonym, sense-specific] | generality [synonym, sense-specific] | stereotype [synonym, sense-specific] | bromide [similar, sense-specific] | cliché [similar, sense-specific] | ...

something conceived in the mind; "thought", "notion" | an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances (16 of 109 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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concept [entry 2, adjective]

organized around a main idea or theme | created to illustrate a concept (12 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

concept | not have any concept/have no concept of something | not have any concept no concept of something | not have any have no concept of something

a principle or idea | "not have any concept/have no concept of sth ": to not understand about something (18 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

concept

A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. | Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion. | A scheme; a plan (24 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

concept

a general notion or idea; conception. | an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct. | a ... (22 of 53 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

concept

an idea or thought, especially a generalized idea of a thing or class of things; abstract notion | an original idea, design, etc.; conception ; a ... (25 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

concept | concepts [plural]

something that somebody has thought up, or that somebody might be able to imagine | a broad abstract idea or a guiding general principle, e.g. one ... (25 of 120 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

conception

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "act of conceiving", from Old French concepcion (Mod.French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension", from Latin ... (17 of 71 etymology words)

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concept

First use: 1550s

Origin: Medieval Latin conceptum "draft, abstract", in classical Latin "(a thing) conceived", from concep-, past participle stem of ... (18 of 36 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

Origin: Middle English conceptioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptio ("a comprehending, a collection, composition, an expression, also a becoming pregnant"), from concipere, past participle conceptus... (26 of 29 etymology words)

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concept | concepts [plural]

Origin: Latin conceptus ("a thought, purpose, also a conceiving, etc."), from concipere, present active infinitive of concipiō ("to take in, conceive"); see conceive.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/concept

New World Dictionary:

conception

Origin: Middle English concepcioun from Old French conception from Latin conceptio, a comprehending, conception from conceptus: see "conceive"

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concept

Origin: Latin conceptus: see "conceive"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

conception

Origin: Middle English concepcioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptiō, conceptiōn-, from conceptus; see "concept".

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concept

Origin: Late Latin conceptus, from Latin, past participle of concipere, to conceive; see "conceive".

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Merriam-Webster:

conception

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere

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concept [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1556

Origin: Latin conceptum, neuter of conceptus, past participle of concipere to conceive

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Oxford Dictionary:

conception

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin conceptio(n-), from the verb concipere (see "conceive")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conception

concept

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "thought, imagination"): from Latin conceptum "something conceived", from Latin concept- "conceived", from concipere (see "conceive")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/concept

Collins Dictionary:

conception

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive

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concept

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive

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Encarta Dictionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin conception- from concipere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599307​/definition​.html  [offline]

concept | concepts [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: late Latin conceptus from past participle of Latin concipere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599306​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

conception

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concept

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

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concept [countable] | concepts [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

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concept [countable] | concepts [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

conception [entry 1]

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concept

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the Free Dictionary:

conception

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concept

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Google Dictionary:

conception | conceptions [plural]

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concept | concepts [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

conception

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concept

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YourDictionary Audio:

conception

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concept

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