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

Synonyms & Antonyms for conceptual


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


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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But an act of cancellation is still mostly conceptual or socially performative. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "Everyone Is Canceled," 28 June 2018 The first record was very much conceptual in its emotion. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Jungle on Reinventing Themselves With Upcoming Sophomore Album: 'We're Showing Different Sides to the Band'," 13 June 2018 The plans presented are just conceptual, noted Melinda Mueller, the district's director of public information and engagement. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine Schools need more than $25 million worth of improvements at outdoor facilities," 9 May 2018 The common bond between the two — a certain looseness in the notation — is more conceptual than sonic, so the interlocking strains don’t always have a lot to say to each other in performance. Joshua Kosman,, "CD review: ‘Codex’ by Bruce Brubaker," 11 July 2018 Two are conceptual works by artistic collectives, each taking up two cells. Edith Newhall,, "New art to see in Philly this month: at Eastern State Pen, the Art Museum … and on napkins," 9 May 2018 Housed in a warehouse at 3021 Bank St., the one-night-only collective exhibition includes abstract painting, street art, sculpture, photography and conceptual works. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | April 6-12 | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 This conceptual rendering shows what the redevelopment of McDonald's Plaza could look like, drawn by the architectural firm Antunovich and Associates. Ryan Ori,, "McDonald's Plaza in Oak Brook to be demolished, redeveloped under buyer's plan," 13 July 2018 In Riverside, an exhibition of photography looks at the forces of dust, while an important New York conceptual artist brings his architecturally minded sculptures to Hollywood. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: A closeup of dust, artistry of the Black Panther Party and celebrating the male physique," 5 July 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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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 \

Medical Definition of conceptual 

: of, relating to, or consisting of concepts

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conceptually adverb

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