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 The conceptual design was by Populous and the final plans by Gensler, architectural firms that are responsible for the majority of MLS’s current stadiums. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 There is no conceptual difference when flipping from positive to negative earnings yields as there is with traditional P/E ratios. David Trainer, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Despite the political calamity, Janowski started programming conceptual pieces and performances — vivencias — that were at times audacious experiments in contemporary art. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 The current conceptual configuration of experimental German synth-rock pioneers Kraftwerk is the immersive multimedia musical/visual experience Kraftwerk 3-D. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 9 June 2022 The FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which is spearheading the mural effort on the blank wall overlooking Public Square and Old Stone Church, on Thursday outlined plans for conceptual approval at the commission meeting. Megan Sims, cleveland, 9 June 2022 But that conceptual idea — part of a new Milwaukee County Board proposal — is a long way from reality, a Brewers executive said Tuesday. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 7 June 2022 But the song also excels on a deeper conceptual level, achieving a unique symbiosis between saxophone (Binker Golding), drums (Moses Boyd), and electronics (Max Luthert). Spin Staff, SPIN, 3 June 2022 Is that the next big conceptual thing in our story? Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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