- a general notion or idea; conception.
- an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct.
- a directly conceived or intuited object of thought.
- functioning as a prototype or model of new product or innovation: a concept car, a concept phone.
- Informal. to develop a concept of; conceive: He concepted and produced three films.
Origin of concept
1550–60; < Latin conceptum something conceived, orig. neuter of conceptus (past participle of concipere), equivalent to con- con- + cep- (variant stem of -cipere, combining form of capere to seize) + -tus past participle ending
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They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.
I felt this the more when to the concept of Infinitude I added that of Intelligence.
He would rather live and die in fear than change this concept of God.
A non-loving Universal Thought was too monstrous a concept to entertain.
To attempt to eliminate fear and retain this concept of God is vain.
- an idea, esp an abstract ideathe concepts of biology
- philosophy a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class
- the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
- a theoretical construct within some theory
- a directly intuited object of thought
- the meaning of a predicate
- (modifier) (of a product, esp a car) created as an exercise to demonstrate the technical skills and imagination of the designers, and not intended for mass production or sale
C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive
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Word Origin and History for concept
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An abstract idea or notion.
- An explanatory principle in a scientific system.conception
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