conceptual

adjective
con·​cep·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wəl, -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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Other Words from conceptual

conceptuality \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē , -​shə-​ ; -​chü-​ˈa-​, -​shü-​ \ noun
conceptually adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for conceptual

Synonyms

abstract, ideal, ideational, metaphysical, notional, theoretical (also theoretic)

Antonyms

concrete, nonabstract

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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

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There's usually at least one episode per season that pushes the conceptual boundaries in new and intriguing ways, such as Bojack attending an underwater film festival in season three. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 The teams addressed mobility, housing, public health, resource conservation and scarcity, capitalism, sustainability in designs that spanned from the ultra-conceptual to the pragmatic. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 Book a table in advance or make a reservation for the private dining room—decorated with a conceptual chandelier from designer Lindsey Adelman—to enjoy Marchand’s seasonal cuisine, like fluke carpaccio and halibut grenobloise. Town & Country, "Inside NYC's Latest Hub for Design, Dining, and Culture," 27 Dec. 2018 Edward Crutchley For spring 2019, Edward Crutchley delivered a coed collection that blended the highly conceptual with more wearable features, to compelling effect. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018 What was your conceptual idea of the NFL and how that changed? Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 This conceptual rocket may make its debut sometime in the mid-2020s. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The old guard may be turning against the Russian space program," 4 Dec. 2018 When high-volume, redundant tasks are performed through computer automation, humans are freed up to expend energy pursuing a wider range of interpretive or conceptual work. Fox News, "Air Force brings AI to B-2, F-35 and F-15," 31 July 2018 Rea created a conceptual design called Tenka, a series of lightweight prefabricated homes that rest atop pillars and appear to float above the landscape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab home concept appears to float above the landscape," 15 Oct. 2018

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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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conceptual

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English Language Learners Definition of conceptual

: based on or relating to ideas or concepts

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

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conceptually adverb

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