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 conceptual (audio) , -​shə-​ ; -​chü-​ˈa-​ , -​shü-​ \ noun
conceptually adverb

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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 It’s not a difficult conceptual leap between the gambling industry and the concentrated household ruin, the result of folks becoming addicted. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Are casinos the answer to Texas’ fiscal troubles?," 31 Dec. 2020 Smith, who died in 2014, had presented Coppola with conceptual pictures showing Pacino with the same long hair Michael Corleone had worn in the past two films, but appropriately aged. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Godfather III' turns 30: Why Al Pacino's Michael Corleone buzz cut surprisingly was a 'really big deal'," 26 Dec. 2020 Unlike the souls headed for Earth, Joe and other exiting souls presented different conceptual challenges. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How Pixar Brings ‘Soul’ and Existential Ideas to Life," 23 Dec. 2020 Council approved an ordinance establishing the Oak Ridge Preserve Planning District Number 7 conceptual development plan on an approximately 13-acre parcel at 834 Pearl Road. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick councilman concerned about traffic at new Chick-Fil-A location," 15 Dec. 2020 Gang’s short introductions to each chapter explain the conceptual foundations of her designs. Blair Kamin,, "Column: From the Great Fire to modernist houses to Jeanne Gang, a rich array of design books for the holidays," 10 Dec. 2020 Last year saw a conceptual breakthrough on that front. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case," 9 Dec. 2020 However, final projects usually end up looking different than the conceptual renderings. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Here's what 'stations' for Elon Musk's The Boring Company look like," 16 Nov. 2020 This would require deconstructing the conceptual pyramid of past hierarchies, one that has long used disabled characters as props to illuminate conventional heroes. Magda Romanska, The Conversation, "On screen and on stage, disability continues to be depicted in outdated, cliched ways," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Conceptual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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