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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun concept:


The word concept and its family (conception, concepts, conceptual, conceptualisation, conceptualise, conceptualised, conceptualises, conceptualising, conceptually) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun concept

What does concept mean as a name of something?

Concept is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: concepts

  1. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    • examples: To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he always had enough to eat. | The concept is quite alien to our way of thinking. | The concept of zero sprang from the Hindu culture. | From this point we go on to an even more detailed examination of the concept of repression. | I must point out that we need to clarify the meaning of this over-used concept. | Before we examine Emmet's theory, we must clarify the concept of 'internal symmetry.' | I would like to focus attention on the particular design that best represents Emmet's concept. | We will begin by considering the concept of "quota". | I would like to put special emphasis on the concept that social ecology is the second school of contemporary environmentalism. | The bright boy comprehended the concept of geometry.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of concept: conception / construct
    • more generic words: idea / thought = the content of cognition
    • more specific terms:
      • conceptualisation / conceptualization / conceptuality = an elaborated concept
      • notion = a general inclusive concept
      • category = a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
      • regulation / rule = a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
      • attribute / dimension / property = a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
      • abstraction / abstract = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
      • quantity = the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
      • division / section / part = one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
      • whole = all of something including all its component elements or parts
      • natural law / law = a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
      • law of nature / law = a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
      • lexicalized concept = a concept that is expressed by a word
      • possibility / hypothesis / theory = a tentative insight into the natural world
      • fact = a concept whose truth can be proved
      • linguistic rule / rule = a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

Alternative definition of the noun concept


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


  1. Concept is an italian progressive power metal band, formed in 2000.
  2. Concept is a musical group.
    • album: "Live at Carlos I: Another Night"

There are other groups with in their name, like Concept 2, New Concept, Main Concept, Poor Concept, Basic Concept, Ghetta Concept, Ghetto Concept, Trauma Concept, Useless Concept, Original Concept, The Soul Concept, Venomous Concept, The Royal Concept, The Network Concept, The Ongoing Concept, David Perraudin Concept, Elephant Revival Concept.


  1. "Concept" is the ninth album by the Los Angeles, California-based R&B group The Sylvers.
  2. "Concept" is a musical EP of K. Rhyme Le Roi.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  3. "Concept" is a musical album of Canamii.
    • released in (35 years ago)
  4. "Concept" is a musical album of Concept.


  1. Concept: In generic programming, a concept is a description of supported operations on a type, including syntax and semantics. In this way, concepts are related to abstract base classes but concepts do not require a subtype relationship.
  2. Concept: A concept that this person developed.
  3. Concept: To provide powerful yet easy-to-use multimedia software for Mac and Windows users to enrich their digital life.

Phrases with Concept

Phrases starting with the word Concept:

  1. Concept art
  2. Concept map
  3. concept album

Phrases ending with the word Concept:

  1. High Concept
  2. Proof of concept
  3. Operating Concept
  4. Primitive Concept
  5. lexicalized concept

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Concept

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Google previewThe Dynamics of Terminology (2002)

A descriptive theory of term formation and terminological growth by Kyo Kageura

Atomic Composition: The new concept is a whole represented by the nucleus which is entirely composed or made up of the determinant, e. g. “character set”. — Partial Composition: The new concept is a whole represented by the nucleus ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Statistical Concepts (2013)

Third Edition by Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, Richard G. Lomax

The first new concept is the variance error of estimate. Although this is the correct term, it is easier to consider this as the variance of the residuals. The variance error of estimate, or variance of the residuals, is defined as where the summation ...

Google previewAnnual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 31, 2011 (2011)

Pathways Through The Transitions of Care for Older Adults by Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, Mary H. Palmer, PhD

The second concept is the process hospitals use to define patients as both a biomedical case and an administrative case. The third concept is the philosophy governing our payment system. All insurance sources—Medicare ...

Google previewSharing Words (2000)

Theory and Practice of Dialogic Learning by Ramón Flecha

The main concept is the choice between alternative actions (masterfully explaining the literary tendencies, making the...

The central concept is that of observing a norm leading to the fulfillment of generalized behavioral expectations in ...

Google previewPrague Linguistic Circle Papers (1996)

by Eva Haji?ová, Petr Sgall

A concept is a property of individual perceptions or conceptions: it is the property of being a perception or conception that contains a ceitain set of attributes of real- world entities in its 'content' - the content itself is a set of such attributes ...

Google previewEvil (2014)

A Philosophical Investigation by Luke Russell

It would be not only odd but misleading to say that in these three thoughts the common concept is that of sin, but not at all...

Google previewAdvances in Electric and Electronics (2012)

by Wensong Hu

Innovation Concept is an abstract or generalized innovation idea which always encourages and pushes forward material/service innovation. A concept diffuses through social actors' communication or discourse. Plus, there are always some ...

Google previewThe Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen (1997)

by Andrea Poma

Concept is a question and remains one, nothing but a question.

Google previewPicturing Hegel (2009)

An Illustrated Guide to Hegel's Encyclopaedia Logic by Julie E. Maybee

The Concept is a kind of subjectivity that negates the “initselfness” or independent character of immediate objectivity. Whatever character the objectivity has on its own—that is to say, in an “in itself” sense—is negated by the Concept, which ...

Google previewParkinson's Disease (2007)

Diagnosis & Clinical Management : Second Edition by Dr. Stewart A. Factor, DO, Dr. William Weiner, MD

The first concept is that there are different thresholds for dyskinesia and for antiparkinsonian actions of levodopa. Most studies using single parenteral doses of levodopa find that the thresholds for dyskinesia and antiparkinsonian actions are ...

Google previewCausal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences (2015)

An Introduction by Guido W. Imbens, Donald B. Rubin

The first concept is that of potential outcomes, one for each unit for each level of the treatment. Causal estimands are defined in terms of these potential outcomes , possibly also involving the treatment assignments and pre-treatment variables.

Google previewWorld Lexicon of Grammaticalization (2002)

by Bernd Heine, Tania Kuteva

that we assume to be suggestive of a cross-culturally relatively stable concept. The term "concept" is used as a pre-theoretical notion; no claim is ...

Google previewNuclear Energy Encyclopedia (2011)

Science, Technology, and Applications by Thomas B. Kingery

evaluation of the loop concept with innovative proposals; and (3) investigating new concepts and solutions to assess the potentialities. At this stage, the complete comparison ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

It has tended then to employ these same concepts either to determine or express the essence of phenomena, or else to order and rank them in terms of the concept. An example is Plato's concept of Forms, the absolute and changeless objects ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Government and Politics (2013)

2-volume set by Mary Hawkesworth, Maurice Kogan

The concept of power is at the heart of political enquiry. Indeed, it is probablythecentral concept of both descriptive and normative analysis. When we talk about elections, group conflicts and state policies, we seek to explain events and ...

Google previewDictionary of Theoretical Concepts in Biology (1981)

by Keith E. Roe, Richard G. Frederick

while a subsequent paper may further elucidate the concept and bestow a descriptive name or the original author's surname(s) upon it ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Eminent Thinkers (vol. 11 : The Political Thought Of Dadabhai Naoroji) (2008)

by Ashu Pasricha

CONCEPT. OF. SWARAJ. The second most deadly weapon in the world is the hydrogen bomb: the first is the human tongue. The wounds inflicted by it are often worse than those of the second. This fact was unfortunately overlooked by so ...

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Quotes about Concept

The whole concept of celebrity pisses me off. While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors. (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1C3E1P3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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