|1.||an idea, esp an abstract idea: the 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|
|a. the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something|
|b. a theoretical construct within some theory|
|c. a directly intuited object of thought|
|d. 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|
|[C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, |
concept con·cept (kŏn'sěpt')
An abstract idea or notion.
An explanatory principle in a scientific system. Also called conception.