[kuh n-sep-choo-uh l]

Origin of conceptual

From the Medieval Latin word conceptuālis, dating back to 1655–65. See conceptus, -al1
Related formscon·cep·tu·al·i·ty [kuh n-sep-choo-al-i-tee] /kənˌsɛp tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, nouncon·cep·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·con·cep·tu·al, adjectivenon·con·cep·tu·al·ly, adverbpost·con·cep·tu·al, adjectiveun·con·cep·tu·al, adjectiveun·con·cep·tu·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for conceptuality


  1. relating to or concerned with concepts; abstract
  2. concerned with the definitions or relations of the concepts of some field of enquiry rather than with the facts
Derived Formsconceptually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conceptuality



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.

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conceptuality in Medicine


  1. Relating to concepts or the the formation of concepts.
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