con·​cep·​tu·​al kən-ˈsep-chə-wəl How to pronounce conceptual (audio)
: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts
conceptual thinking
the project's conceptual and technical hurdles
conceptual designs
kən-ˌsep-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce conceptual (audio)
conceptually adverb

Examples of conceptual in a Sentence

The plans have both conceptual and practical difficulties. conceptual thinking is often the most demanding kind of mental activity
Recent Examples on the Web Multiple episodes occur in a conceptual realm known as The Corridor, a manifestation of the multiverse, a concept that Jason1 keeps needing to talk Amanda through, as if the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t exist in Jason2’s universe. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 An Elemental Thing, an ongoing project, is, in its current form, thirty-four short essays that document a solitary wandering through the vastness of the world: the physical, the historical, the conceptual. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for conceptual 

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Word History


Medieval Latin conceptualis of thought, from Late Latin conceptus act of conceiving, thought, from Latin concipere — see concept entry 1

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conceptual was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Conceptual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts
conceptually adverb

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