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    Concept and conception

    Hi people. Is there any cookie-cutter difference between the words "concept" and "conception"?

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    Re: Concept and conception

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    Hi people. Is there any cookie-cutter difference between the words "concept" and "conception"?
    No. A concept is an abstract idea. A conception is an instantiation of that idea in your head.
    "Do you have any conception of this concept?"

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    Re: Concept and conception

    Conception has other, unrelated meanings.

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    Re: Concept and conception

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    No. A concept is an abstract idea. A conception is an instantiation of that idea in your head.
    "Do you have any conception of this concept?"
    That is to say: conception=understanding, concept=general idea.

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    Re: Concept and conception

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    instantiation
    I learned a new word today.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Concept and conception

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I learned a new word today.
    You must not be a programmer.

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    Re: Concept and conception

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You must not be a programmer.
    I have never claimed to be.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Concept and conception

    In modern "object-oriented" languages you have to instantiate objects (of a certain type or "class") to have something concrete to work with.

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