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

Synonyms & Antonyms for conceptual


abstract, ideal, ideational, 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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Among them was Bernadette Corporation, a shadowy and amorphous collective that has attained cult status and which, 25 years on, continues to have influence on both aesthetic and conceptual levels. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Notes from the Underground: With a New Book Out, Bernadette Van-Huy Tracks Her Evolution from Bernadette Corporation to Now," 5 Nov. 2018 Next month's hearings will take place Oct. 10 and will give metro Detroit motorists a chance to voice concerns, speak with different project members, view conceptual displays of the projects, and document formal comments, according to the release. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "More I-94 construction misery on the way, says MDOT," 15 Sep. 2019 The toilet, valued at more than $5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan which opened two days ago at the stately home 60 miles west of London, a major tourist attraction. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace," 14 Sep. 2019 This conceptual map identifies potential parking lots for Mt. Woodson hikers. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 The self-portraits are drawn, painted, photographed or sculpted in styles such as realism, abstraction, representational, self-portraiture, traditional, conceptual and modern. Megan Becka,, "‘Me, Myself and I?’ juried art exhibition open through Aug. 31 at Summit Artspace," 18 July 2019 Officials said most of the work already done is conceptual and subsequent work will be the more specific nuts and bolts of the design. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego moving forward with long-awaited El Camino Real widening," 29 May 2019 Some pieces are conceptual like Kate Kosek's Kewl Look, which features UV pigment on Plexiglass and has a Xerox photocopier aesthetic. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "At a West Dallas art gallery, T-shirts are adorned, bedazzled, deconstructed and subverted," 22 July 2019 The mélange of post-minimal, conceptual, and outsider art, punctuated with happenings and performances, pointedly insulted good and even bad taste and resulted in addled discourse. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 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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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

Other Words from conceptual

conceptually adverb

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