Definition of conceptual in English:

conceptual

adjective

  • Relating to or based on mental concepts:

    ‘philosophy deals with conceptual difficulties’
    • ‘In my view, the distinction between factual and conceptual questions is fraught with problems.’
    • ‘Ex-art teacher and university lecturer Mr Walsh is a conceptual print artist.’
    • ‘It prefers the local to the foreign, the simple to the subtle, the emotional to the conceptual.’
    • ‘Such is the absurdity of attempting to move a conceptual framework from one country to another.’
    • ‘The choice is based on conceptual knowledge concerning cars, people, and driving.’
    • ‘I don't know about you but I feel that I lack the conceptual tools to keep on thinking.’
    • ‘Third, we need conceptual clarity on the type of crime we wish to see reduced.’
    • ‘It never migrates into some purely conceptual realm, a pure dictionary-like definition.’
    • ‘Kant believed that the parts of concepts are grasped through a mental process of conceptual analysis.’
    • ‘As a result it often gets taught by non-physicists whose conceptual grasp of the subject is superficial.’
    • ‘To date they have participated in developing the basic conceptual framework for the plan.’
    • ‘Our discussions ranged from the conceptual to the incredibly practical.’
    • ‘Whatever be its conceptual base, what does the duty of reasonable care and skill of a bank encompass?’
    • ‘It is partial in thinking and lacks conceptual clarity and an integral vision.’
    • ‘All works use painting as their primary medium and share a conceptual theme of land and landscape.’
    • ‘The experimental evidence and conceptual basis for the existence of specific intelligences is weak.’
    • ‘Marx taught us to look at ideologies or conceptual frameworks, and to ask of them, who do they serve?’
    • ‘He therefore makes an important conceptual distinction between real men and masculinities.’
    • ‘Our latter evolution as human beings has been driven by our capacity for conceptual thought.’
    • ‘The radical conceptual design by leading architect Will Alsop may not be quite what residents imagined.’
    theoretical, conceptual, notional, philosophical, unpragmatic, hypothetical, speculative, conjectural, conjectured, suppositional, putative
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin conceptualis, from Latin concept- conceived, from the verb concipere (see concept).

Pronunciation:

conceptual

/kənˈsɛptʃʊəl/