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ˈkɒn sɛptcon·cept

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concept, conception, constructnoun

    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Wiktionary

  1. conceptnoun

    An understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept).

  2. conceptnoun

    In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.

  3. Etymology: From conceptus, from concipere, present active infinitive of concipio; see conceive.

Wikipedia

  1. Concept

    Concepts are defined as abstract ideas. They are understood to be the fundamental building blocks of the concept behind principles, thoughts and beliefs. They play an important role in all aspects of cognition. As such, concepts are studied by several disciplines, such as linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, and these disciplines are interested in the logical and psychological structure of concepts, and how they are put together to form thoughts and sentences. The study of concepts has served as an important flagship of an emerging interdisciplinary approach called cognitive science.In contemporary philosophy, there are at least three prevailing ways to understand what a concept is: Concepts as mental representations, where concepts are entities that exist in the mind (mental objects) Concepts as abilities, where concepts are abilities peculiar to cognitive agents (mental states) Concepts as Fregean senses, where concepts are abstract objects, as opposed to mental objects and mental statesConcepts can be organized into a hierarchy, higher levels of which are termed "superordinate" and lower levels termed "subordinate". Additionally, there is the "basic" or "middle" level at which people will most readily categorize a concept. For example, a basic-level concept would be "chair", with its superordinate, "furniture", and its subordinate, "easy chair". Concepts may be exact, or inexact. When the mind makes a generalization such as the concept of tree, it extracts similarities from numerous examples; the simplification enables higher-level thinking. A concept is instantiated (reified) by all of its actual or potential instances, whether these are things in the real world or other ideas. Concepts are studied as components of human cognition in the cognitive science disciplines of linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, where an ongoing debate asks whether all cognition must occur through concepts. Concepts are regularly formalized in mathematics, computer science, databases and artificial intelligence. Examples of specific high-level conceptual classes in these fields include classes, schema or categories. In informal use the word concept often just means any idea.

ChatGPT

  1. concept

    A concept is an abstract idea, theory, or notion that represents something through symbolism, understanding, or thought. It is a fundamental building block of human cognition which contributes to our ability to process and make sense of the world around us. Concepts are often not observable or tangible, but they can be based on or derived from observable phenomena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conceptnoun

    an abstract general conception; a notion; a universal

  2. Etymology: [L. conceptus (cf. neut. conceptum fetus), p. p. of concipere to conceive: cf. F. concept. See Conceit.]

Wikidata

  1. Concept

    In metaphysics, and especially ontology, a concept is a fundamental category of existence. In contemporary philosophy, there are at least three prevailing ways to understand what a concept is: ⁕Concepts as mental representations, where concepts are entities that exist in the brain. ⁕Concepts as abilities, where concepts are abilities peculiar to cognitive agents. ⁕Concepts as abstract objects, where objects are the constituents of propositions that mediate between thought, language, and referents.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Concept

    kon′sept, n. a thing conceived, a general notion.—ns. Concep′tacle, that in which anything is contained, a receptacle: (bot.) a pericarp of one valve, a follicle: a cavity enclosing the reproductive cells in certain plants and animals; Concep′tion, the act of conceiving: the thing conceived; the formation in the mind of an image or idea: a notion: (Shak.) a mere fancy: a plan: a concept; Concep′tionist.—adjs. Concep′tious (Shak.), fruitful; Concept′ive, capable of conceiving mentally; Concep′tual, pertaining to conception.—ns. Consep′tualism, the doctrine in philosophy that universals have an existence in the mind apart from any concrete embodiment; Concep′tualist, one who holds this doctrine.—adj. Conceptualis′tic. [L. concipĕre, -ceptum, to conceive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. concept

    A vision or idea.

    The concept wa sca clear and easily achieved so got the go ahead.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concept' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1606

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concept' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2693

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concept' in Nouns Frequency: #508

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of concept in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of concept in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of concept in a Sentence

  1. Kate Casey:

    Great reality television shows have compelling concept and different characters, and they push you to think about topics or people in different ways.

  2. Biden Tipton:

    In light of the Federal Defendants’ repeated and genuine expressions of confidence in the impartiality and fairness of this Court, it is difficult to accept their argument that ‘public perception’ – if such a concept could be beheld singularly – is meaningfully different than the Defendants.

  3. David Drummond:

    We'll take that (the report), along with the Article 29 input and other input and arrive at an approach, it's our strong view that there needs to be some way of limiting the concept, because it is a European concept.

  4. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Theory is intermodal, theory is the concept of art.

  5. Peter Schwarzenbauer:

    What we think we have to do differently is start on a smaller scale (and) prove the concept that this is something successful, if you have proven it, then you can step by step ... grow this organically.

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