[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

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  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 conceptually

1842, from conceptual + -ly (2).



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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conceptually in Medicine


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