Definition of Concept

1. Noun. An abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances.

Definition of Concept

1. n. An abstract general conception; a notion; a universal.

Definition of Concept

1. Noun. 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). ¹

2. Noun. (programming) In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics. ¹

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Definition of Concept

1. a general idea [n -S]

Medical Definition of Concept

1. 1. An abstract idea or notion. 2. An explanatory variable or principle in a scientific system. Synonym: conception. Origin: L. Conceptum, something understood, pp. Ntr. Of concipio, to receive, apprehend (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Concept

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Literary usage of Concept

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The chief item in the concept of life the abstract idea of organization. Such statements as the foregoing are confusing to certain students of science. ..."

2. Logic by Christoph Sigwart (1895)
"ably connected with the idea of extension can any longer be applied, and the concept of the thing is entirely removed from the sphere of sense-intuition ..."

3. Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: In Commemoration of the Centenary by Immanuel Kant (1881)
"Now it is quite true that every concept is to be thought as a representation, which is contained in an infinite number of different possible representations ..."

4. A Primer of Psychology by Edward Bradford Titchener (1899)
"The history of a concept-word. The perceived self. or art or law: it would take us too far ... If a logician were speaking of the relation which the concept ..."

5. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic by William Hamilton (1860)
"But in so far as we think an object through a concept, we think it as part of, ... Out of the relation of a concept to its object it necessarily results, ..."

6. Popular Science Monthly (1906)
"We have then two factors participating in the formation of a concept, ... The fitness of a concept is adaptation to the purpose to which it is to be put, ..."

7. Traditional Ojibwa Religion and Its Historical Changes by Christopher T. Vecsey (1983)
"Christian Missions and a Supreme Being concept An integral part of the Jesuit missionary message was the belief in a supreme God, the single and total ..."

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