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 Dictionary entry overview: What does concept mean? 

CONCEPT (noun)
  The noun CONCEPT has 1 sense:

1. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

  Familiarity information: CONCEPT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONCEPT (noun)

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An abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


concept; conception; construct

Hypernyms ("concept" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "concept"):

conceptualisation; conceptuality; conceptualization (an elaborated concept)

fact (a concept whose truth can be proved)

hypothesis; possibility; theory (a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena)

lexicalized concept (a concept that is expressed by a word (in some particular language))

law; law of nature (a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature)

law; natural law (a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society)

whole (all of something including all its component elements or parts)

division; part; section (one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole)

quantity (something that has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable)

abstract; abstraction (a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance)

attribute; dimension; property (a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished)

regulation; rule (a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior)

category (a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme)

notion (a general inclusive concept)

linguistic rule; rule ((linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice)

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