conception · noun /kənˈsep.ʃən/Full view
C2 C or U an idea about what something is like or a way of understanding something
Dictionary example:

They have no conception of how ordinary people live.

Learner example:

Therefore, unless we stretch the conception of personality to cover conformity with practice and social norms, economic decisions, and the choice of identities we aspire [to], the clothes that people wear may not reflect their personality, as [this] can be conditioned by many contingencies. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Chinese)

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