Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to concepts or mental conception: conceptual discussions that antedated development of the new product.
  • adj. Of or relating to conceptualism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to concepts or mental conception; existing in the imagination
  • adj. Of, or relating to conceptualism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to conception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to conception, mental or physical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being or characterized by concepts or their formation

Etymologies

Medieval Latin conceptuālis, from Late Latin conceptus, a thought; see concept.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin conceptuālis, from Latin conceptus, perfect passive participle of concipio ("take hold of; conceive"); see concept and -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At a time when the term conceptual art is bandied about in reference to such transparently non-conceptualists as Tracey Emin, this show by nine contemporary artists reminds us of a creative genre that puts as much emphasis on often highly obscure ideas as on the apparent resolution of the finished image.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • The term conceptual art has become so broadly used as to be all but shapeless.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Therefore, insofar as we deal with text, the term conceptual information seems to coincide with the meaning of that text.

    Skeptic on Dembski - The Panda's Thumb

  • It's unclear quite why the rebranding has taken place, and it has confounded garden historian and critic Tim Richardson, who originally coined the phrase "conceptual garden" and championed Britain's burgeoning conceptual-design scene.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal Recipe dice Craft designer Lea Redmond has been vending what she calls her "conceptual arty stuff" since 2007 one such invention would be her "Alphabet Noodle Performance Napkins," fabric rectangles designed to look like lined notebook paper.

    Bits & Bites: News You Can Eat

  • Next, following advice from Apache Point veterans that blowing air seems to profoundly disturb moths, he proposed what he called a conceptual deterrent system that involved an air gun, small rubber tubing, a valve, and an electric timer.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • He prefers what he calls the conceptual approach to the study of the technology of law.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Then we went into the information age and we had knowledge workers and now we'll go into, what you call the conceptual age and yet you also include things like, nursing and caregivers.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2005

  • But, last month, the actor James Franco put his name behind a strange new project called the Museum of Non-Visible Art, which takes what it calls conceptual art to a whole new level.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Wiggins uses the term conceptual space in the place of Gärdenfors’ concept, and concept in the place of concept instance.

    Questions of creativity « Alex McLean

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