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  1. a general notion or idea; conception.
  2. an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct.
  3. a directly conceived or intuited object of thought.
  1. functioning as a prototype or model of new product or innovation: a concept car, a concept phone.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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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  1. an idea, esp an abstract ideathe concepts of biology
  2. 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
  3. philosophy
    1. the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
    2. a theoretical construct within some theory
    3. a directly intuited object of thought
    4. the meaning of a predicate
  4. (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

Word Origin for concept

C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive
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Word Origin and History for concept

1550s, from Medieval Latin conceptum "draft, abstract," in classical Latin "(a thing) conceived," from concep-, past participle stem of concipere "to take in" (see conceive). In some 16c. cases a refashioning of conceit (perhaps to avoid negative connotations).

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concept in Medicine


  1. An abstract idea or notion.
  2. An explanatory principle in a scientific system.conception
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