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[kuh n-sep-choo-uh l] /kənˈsɛp tʃu əl/
pertaining to concepts or to the forming of concepts.
Origin of conceptual
From the Medieval Latin word conceptuālis, dating back to 1655-65. See conceptus, -al1
Related forms
[kuh n-sep-choo-al-i-tee] /kənˌsɛp tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
conceptually, adverb
nonconceptual, adjective
nonconceptually, adverb
postconceptual, adjective
unconceptual, adjective
unconceptually, adverb Unabridged
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  • From the thumbnail sketch to the many variations of a conceptual scheme, one eliminating the other, many decisions are arrived at.

  • Rapid Dominance is a first conceptual step to deal with this possibility.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • When each is referred to some possible place in the conceptual system, it is thereby 'understood.'

    Pragmatism William James
  • This is as true when the field is conceptual as when it is perceptual.

  • The terminology and the conceptual furniture of economics are complex and parti-colored enough without gratuitous innovation.

British Dictionary definitions for conceptual


relating to or concerned with concepts; abstract
concerned with the definitions or relations of the concepts of some field of enquiry rather than with the facts
Derived Forms
conceptually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conceptual

1820, "pertaining to mental conception" (there is an isolated use from 1662), from Medieval Latin conceptualis, from Latin conceptus "a collecting, gathering, conceiving," past participle of concipere (see conceive). Related: Conceptualism; conceptualist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conceptual in Medicine

conceptual con·cep·tu·al (kən-sěp'chōō-əl)
Relating to concepts or the the formation of concepts.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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