[ kuh n-sep-choo-uh l ]
/ kənˈsɛp tʃu əl /


pertaining to concepts or to the forming of concepts.

Nearby words

  1. conceptacle,
  2. conception,
  3. conception rate,
  4. conceptive,
  5. conceptor,
  6. conceptual art,
  7. conceptual realism,
  8. conceptualisation,
  9. conceptualise,
  10. conceptualism

Origin of conceptual

From the Medieval Latin word conceptuālis, dating back to 1655–65. See conceptus, -al1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-conceptual

  • In non-conceptual notions an object is not apprehended with all possible clearness.

    Anarchism|Paul Eltzbacher
  • The problem is not to put concepts in the place of all notions that appear as non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species.

    Anarchism|Paul Eltzbacher
  • The problem is to put concepts in the place of non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species.

    Anarchism|Paul Eltzbacher
  • Nor is an object apprehended in all possible purity in our non-conceptual notions.

    Anarchism|Paul Eltzbacher

British Dictionary definitions for non-conceptual


/ (kənˈsɛptjʊəl) /


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 Formsconceptually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-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

Medicine definitions for non-conceptual


[ kən-sĕpchōō-əl ]


Relating to concepts or the the formation of concepts.

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