from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of conceiving mentally.
  • Capable of conceiving physically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of conceiving.

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  • adjective relating to conception

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  • adjective capable of conceiving


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  • [Page 250] with his designs for Boydell's Bible, the striking originality of which drew the admiration of Haydon, and of late years have been referred to by Gilchrist and Rosetti as resembling those of Blake in conceptive power.

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  • What Descartes missed, according to Norris, was the distinction between God as intelligible, or exhibitive, and God as intelligent, or conceptive (Miscellanies 440, Theory I 357-358).

    Motherly Advice Trace Sheridan 2009

  • A picture of naked eyes: eyes incepted to open that conceptive abilities for reproductive act of a higher lifeform.

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  • To understand God as conceptive is to understand God as a thinker, who reflects upon his own ideas.

    Motherly Advice Trace Sheridan 2009

  • As a general rule, they are sexually receptive and conceptive until they are twelve years old; although, by the way, cases have been known where dogs and bitches have been respectively procreative and conceptive to the ages of eighteen and even of twenty years.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • The comprehensive and conceptive faculty of the imagination is wearied in placing before itself the springs, the action, and the boundless beneficence of this grand force, which flourishes and lives in its highest efficiency in the breast of woman.

    Woman on the American Frontier William Worthington Fowler

  • William Thomson had at once accepted these views, and with the conceptive ingenuity peculiar to himself, had gone far beyond him, in showing before the Parliamentary Electric Light Committee of 1879, that through a copper wire of only ½ in. diameter, 21,000 horse power might be conveyed to a distance of 300 miles with a current of an intensity of 80,000 volts.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883 Various

  • The man of the most practised intellect is not exempt from the universal laws of our conceptive faculty.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV. Various

  • The conceptive power is shown, as Binet and Féré remark, by the fact that our imagination has done away with the end of a nerve which should be seen at every instant of our lives.

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  • Does not this cast a light upon the conceptive and receptive powers of the eye.

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