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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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Examples from the web for conceptually
  • Each has made visually glorious, conceptually seismic pictures.
  • The plodding but conceptually structured organization of regular museum collections serves learning.
  • The process of origami design is conceptually simple.
  • The method is conceptually simple, though the technical details are rather abstruse.
  • conceptually, it was a good-some might say brand-savvy-idea.
  • conceptually, even the structural characteristics of cellular organisms can in some sense be considered memory.
  • Delusional content can have sensible content, even parts that appear quite advanced conceptually.
  • Logical reasoning and the ability to connect learning conceptually seems to be deeply lacking in their education.
  • Such products are conceptually appealing but face several obstacles.
  • conceptually different, this does not involve repaying the losses for dud loans.
British Dictionary definitions for conceptually


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 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

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

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