conceptual

adjective con·cep·tu·al \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wəl , -chü-əl , kän- , -chəl , -shwəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of conceptual

: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts
  • conceptual thinking
  • the project's conceptual and technical hurdles
  • conceptual designs

conceptuality

play \kən-ˌsep-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē, -shə-; -chü-ˈa-, -shü-\ noun

conceptually

adverb

Examples of conceptual in a Sentence

  1. The plans have both conceptual and practical difficulties.

  2. conceptual thinking is often the most demanding kind of mental activity

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Origin and Etymology of conceptual

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


CONCEPTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

conceptual

adjective

Definition of conceptual for English Language Learners

  • : based on or relating to ideas or concepts


Medical Dictionary

conceptual

adjective con·cep·tu·al \ kən-ˈsep-chə(-wə)l, kän-, -ˈsepsh-wəl \

medical Definition of conceptual

: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts

conceptually

adverb


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