conceptual

adjective
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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Other Words from conceptual

conceptuality \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conceptuality (audio) , -​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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Rather, the proposal was conceptual in nature, said U.S. officials, who argue that isn’t sufficient. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "U.S. Won’t Resume Trade Talks Without Firm Proposal From a Wary China," 25 Oct. 2018 In the 1960s, Buren began a long and luminous riff on conceptual work, often incorporating what has become signature vertical stripes. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 Sustainability and upcycling are at the center of this boundary-pushing, conceptual label. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Kozaburo Akasaka, Last Year’s LVMH Special Prize Winner, Is Launching His First-Ever Women’s Jeans," 21 Mar. 2019 This month, the scientists behind the FCC released a conceptual design report highlighting the goals of the collider and the process to build it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Planning a New Particle Collider That Absolutely Dwarfs the LHC," 16 Jan. 2019 Francisco Costa built on that original identity, and more recently, Raf Simons came in and put his own conceptual touch on the runway pieces and the branding. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Is Moving Into the Future Without a Runway Collection—But Likely More Underwear-Clad Kardashians," 7 Mar. 2019 The progressive left works with conceptual falsities. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Torn Between Trump’s Fibs and Progressives’ Fantasies," 15 Feb. 2019 The plan commission gave Neumann conceptual approval on May 21. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Condos and other housing could come to Highway K, Hartland, as Neumann buys North 40," 23 May 2018 That means a return to what Assassin’s Creed does best: expounding on and remixing prominent game design ideas and serving them up an aesthetic and conceptual cocktail. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 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

adjective

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 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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