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[kuh n-sep-choo-uh l] /kənˈsɛp tʃu əl/
pertaining to concepts or to the forming of concepts.
Origin of conceptual
1655-65; < Medieval Latin conceptuālis. See conceptus, -al1
Related forms
[kuh n-sep-choo-al-i-tee] /kənˌsɛp tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
conceptually, adverb
nonconceptual, adjective
nonconceptually, adverb
postconceptual, adjective
unconceptual, adjective
unconceptually, adverb Unabridged
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  • Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate broad conceptual and theoretical contributions to the field.
  • The more time students spend with us, the further they can go beyond the basics into larger conceptual issues.
  • Typically, conceptual understanding of specific material is measured.
  • Although the system is simple on a conceptual level, it's been challenging to implement.
  • It did add many good features to encapsulate objects, and provide many conceptual tools.
  • Most are unhealthy, and some push the conceptual boundaries of food into new territory.
  • conceptual subtleties flank blunt accounts of famine's causes or physical handicap's economic effects.
  • They are also promoting one important conceptual change: the pricing of fossil fuel.
  • Non-verbal thought clearly occurs throughout nature but the human medium of conceptual thought needs a language.
  • Today, few consider the global war on terror to have been a success, either as a conceptual framing device or as an operation.
British Dictionary definitions for conceptual


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 Forms
conceptually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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conceptual in Medicine

conceptual con·cep·tu·al (kən-sěp'chōō-əl)
Relating to concepts or the the formation of concepts.

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