noun Philosophy.
any of several doctrines existing as a compromise between realism and nominalism and regarding universals as concepts. Compare nominalism, realism ( def 5 ).

1830–40; conceptual + -ism

conceptualist, noun
conceptualistic, adjective
conceptualistically, adverb Unabridged
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conceptualism (kənˈsɛptjʊəˌlɪzəm)
1.  nominalism realism Compare Platonism the philosophical theory that the application of general words to a variety of objects reflects the existence of some mental entity through which the application is mediated and which constitutes the meaning of the term
2.  the philosophical view that there is no reality independent of our conception of it, or (as in the philosophy of Kant) that the intellect is not a merely passive recipient of experience but rather imposes a structure on it

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