con·​cep·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wəl How to pronounce conceptual (audio) , -chü-əl, kän-, -chəl, -shwəl \

Definition of conceptual

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

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conceptuality \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conceptuality (audio) , -​shə-​ ; -​chü-​ˈa-​ , -​shü-​ \ noun
conceptually adverb

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The plans have both conceptual and practical difficulties. conceptual thinking is often the most demanding kind of mental activity
Recent Examples on the Web Not feasible for many of us, but perhaps a conceptual northern star for those in search of peace between obligations to the self and obligations to others (and the promise of a possible palliative, at the very least, for my own anxieties). Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "Splitting Up—For the Night," 19 Nov. 2019 Their brand of theatrical wistfulness shook up the art world, which at that time was dominated by cool minimalism and conceptual abstraction. The Economist, "Grave hopping with Gilbert & George," 15 Nov. 2019 But from a conceptual standpoint, Bevell's call makes sense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "I still hate Detroit Lions' final call vs. Raiders. But here's why I understand it," 6 Nov. 2019 Using The Economist as a proxy for liberalism enables Zevin to sidestep much conceptual muddle about the doctrine. Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker, "Liberalism According to The Economist," 4 Nov. 2019 But a pseudonym and some conceptual airbrushing are reasonable accommodations for your husband's concerns. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: After a previous miscarriage, the idea of her pregnancy being the center of attention freaks her out," 27 Oct. 2019 Which is to say, fixing what’s wrong with Facebook must begin with conceptual reform and a new spirit of intellectual forthrightness that the company’s executives so far have not managed to muster, however good their intentions. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Small Policy Tweaks Won’t Fix Facebook," 20 Oct. 2019 The report said that about $100,000 was spent for conceptual design costs before the project was discontinued. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Healthcare district closes books on Proposition G from 2006," 18 Oct. 2019 The Politician, Ryan Murphy’s first project for Netflix, doesn’t have the bold conceptual clarity of that superproducer’s network hits, from American Horror Story (which just started a new season on FX) to Pose. Tom Gliatto,, "The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Feels Like a Glee Episode About Richard Nixon," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of conceptual

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conceptual

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

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The first known use of conceptual was in 1825

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4 Dec 2019

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“Conceptual.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of conceptual

: based on or relating to ideas or concepts


con·​cep·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈsep-chə(-wə)l, kän-, -ˈsepsh-wəl How to pronounce conceptual (audio) \

Medical Definition of conceptual

: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts

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conceptually adverb

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