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

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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 is expected to better define the cost of building the microgrid, which acts something like a homeowner’s backup generator. Mark Naymik,, "Cuyahoga County and Cleveland take steps toward microgrid while key player stays quiet," 10 June 2019 The commission also approved conceptual, or first-stage, designs for a second project that would add 100 market-rate apartments to the neighborhood. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "City Planning Commission OKs early designs for mixed-use projects near MetroHealth campus," 23 Dec. 2019 Still, other companies appear to not have gone much further than the conceptual stage. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rolls-Royce Unveils Plans for a Flying Taxi," 16 July 2018 The resort’s parent company this fall submitted new master plans to the U.S. Forest Service, mapping out the company’s long-term, conceptual plans for Timberline and Summit Ski Area. oregonlive, "Ski season preview: What’s new at Mount Hood resorts, Mt. Bachelor this year?," 21 Nov. 2019 The conceptual plans include a skate park, dog park, pavilion, event space, popup market or food hall space and two large green spaces to be used like a park for sports or for tailgating during gameday at Protective Stadium. Anna Beahm |, al, "What work is left on the I-59/20 bridges?," 23 Oct. 2019 The city has committed $5,000 to cover the costs of structural tests and conceptual plans. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 This is the concept, the conceptual plan submitted., "Rezoning again requested in Mayfield Village for S.O.M. surgery center, medical offices," 17 Aug. 2019 Indeed, conceptual images shared last week with an advisory committee don’t show any vehicles., "Planning agency approves sale of Harriet Tubman House to condo developer," 15 Dec. 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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The first known use of conceptual was in 1825

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16 Jan 2020

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“Conceptual.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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