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a basic concept
▪ He was unfamiliar with the most basic concepts of chemistry.
abstract idea/concept etc
▪ the ability to translate abstract ideas into words
▪ As we shall see, there are problems inherent in trying to give shape to such an abstract concept as political culture.
▪ Ultimately, a central objective of political theorizing is to replace proper names with abstract concepts.
▪ The regime is abstract in concept, political in intent and largely insensitive to practical consequences in a highly practical industry.
▪ As she gets older; she may have difficulty comprehending abstract concepts that are communicated through what she hears.
▪ We frequently telephone asking him to illustrate some obscure or abstract concept.
▪ All abstract, intellectual concepts that children will master at later ages are based on concepts they learn in their early relationships.
▪ Political culture is a vague abstract concept that has been subject to various definitions.
▪ Words are only essential to put across more abstract concepts and intellectual ideas.
▪ Reichian therapy, acupuncture and many other healing techniques have as their basic principle the concept of energy flows in the body.
▪ People experience modernity without understanding its foundations, its basic concepts.
▪ But most religious thinkers accommodated themselves fairly rapidly to the basic concept of evolution.
▪ They are scrambling definitions of basic concepts like quality, time, and values.
▪ But the basic concept can also be applied to the establishment of networks within large organizations.
▪ Moreover, the basic mythological concepts animating these two bodies of legend were not very different, either.
▪ Scamp a sketch of a design showing the basic concept.
▪ Accountants may not realize how much confusion there is amongst non-financial colleagues about basic accounting concepts.
▪ The effect of such an argument is however to view proportionality as a more general concept of fairness.
▪ We learn bow to learn, how to find out, what the general concepts are.
▪ A general concept of procedural fairness could therefore lead the courts into using and developing procedural forms other than classical adjudication.
▪ A general concept can be exemplified by any number of particular instances which need not stand in any causal relation with each other.
▪ Section I presents the general concepts used by him.
▪ Second-year units involve both a treatment of general theories and concepts, and discussions of more concrete and practical issues such as Women.
▪ The general concept of work is also shifting from man-machine interaction to man-man interaction with machines as aids. 10.
▪ Such a general concept was to be provided by Althusser's theory of relative autonomy within a structure in dominance.
▪ Excellence One of today's key management concepts is excellence.
▪ The strata identified in the class approach are called classes, the second key concept.
▪ Our journeys on the whiteboard suggest that it holds the key to our concepts of beauty.
▪ You indicate in detail how key concepts are identified and measured in actual research settings.
▪ It is a stylised drama with understated dialogue that depends on recognition of key words and concepts.
▪ A key concept in understanding such major shifts, and relating them to wider economic change, is uneven development.
▪ For Lind, similarity is a key concept.
▪ It allows us to record the principal ideas, key concepts, competing explanatory theories and illustrations used. 5.
▪ Over eight million people came to admire this new concept of an environment where everything was intended to lift the spirits.
▪ Middleware Services Middleware is a relatively new concept that emerged only recently.
▪ They aim to give staff confidence before they have to deal with real customers, particularly with new concepts and ideas.
▪ The Spice of Life Human biological diversity is hardly a new concept.
▪ The provision of secondments to business and education is not a new concept.
▪ Hand in hand with the belt-tightening must come a new concept of government management.
▪ Cloud One has introduced a new concept in unit dose packaging.
▪ Clearly, though, the best way to improve your presentation skills is through practice and constructive criticism, hardly new concepts.
▪ Put in a nutshell, it puts the whole concept of justice into jeopardy.
▪ And without steady caddie work, the whole concept of the trip was endangered.
▪ The whole concept depends upon the volume of water being sufficient.
▪ The whole concept, by the way, is indigenous to baseball.
▪ People have a whole concept of the tribe, of the other, of being together.
▪ With a simple statement we have done away with the whole concept of deafness itself.
▪ The whole concept of wealth made her distinctly uneasy.
▪ It is considered that the self concept and the values a manager holds are of central importance in understanding motivation.
▪ The companies plan to apply the concept to gas and electricity supplies as well as security systems.
▪ ARPA-supported researchers applied this packet concept to their network-building projects.
▪ Accounting bases are methods of applying fundamental concepts to deal with the increasing variety of business transactions.
▪ The Motorola people talk all that jargon and apply the latest concepts along with the best of them.
▪ First are theoretical approaches which depend upon some empirical knowledge to apply theoretical concepts such as the continuity equation.
▪ Post-war Britain offers a suitable period in which to apply the concept of the social construction of old age.
▪ This applies even to the concept of authorial style.
▪ There is no doubt that the old rating system was based on the nebulous concept of a fair market rent.
▪ The rules are kind of based on a factory-stock concept.
▪ From this point of view the allocation of function and interface design are one core design activity based on the man-machine concept.
▪ All abstract, intellectual concepts that children will master at later ages are based on concepts they learn in their early relationships.
▪ Beveridge provided a rationale based on concepts of national efficiency, rationality and the rights of citizenship.
▪ The Royal Commission recommended a two-tier structure based on the concept of the enlarged city region.
▪ It introduced a single and unified code of child care law based upon a new concept of parental responsibility.
▪ Both the standard basis and the indemnity basis of taxation under rule 12 are based on concepts of reasonableness or unreasonableness.
▪ He developed the concept of an open market within the Community to create the largest single market in the Western world.
▪ In the developing concepts of a machine aesthetic, these artists fully understood its relevance.
▪ In fact different groups of people see the world in different ways and develop words for their concepts.
▪ As people continue to have new experiences, they continue to develop new schemata and concepts.
▪ But judges seldom reach for a dictionary when seeking to develop a new legal concept.
▪ Children begin to construct knowledge about rules and justice, although typically they have not yet developed fully a concept of intentionality.
▪ Some programs are subject specific i.e. concentrate on developing skills and concepts in one subject area such as geography.
▪ The Opposition have totally failed to grasp the banding concept.
▪ Though I have no trouble grasping its concepts, math continues to be difficult for me.
▪ Other nations, notably the United States, grasped this concept years ago.
▪ There are those deep into their careers who still fail to grasp this concept.
▪ The purpose of the Bill is to introduce the concept of traffic calming into statute.
▪ Last year he successfully introduced the concept of market segmentation into a major corporate division.
▪ To understand the debate we must introduce the concept of portfolio balance.
▪ It is for this reason that we find concepts of such value and that I introduce here the concept of despair.
▪ The monographs should: Introduce the concepts of clean technology to academic and industrial practitioners.
▪ We have already introduced the concept of the manipulation of antecedents and consequences.
▪ The film should reinforce existing knowledge and then introduce further topics, concepts and principles.
▪ The intermediate form introduces a totally new concept, the named subcontractor.
▪ To understand the concept of mikva, it may be helpful to picture it.
▪ Good understanding of most concepts up to and including algebra.
▪ Anyone who has paddled in the shallow waters of the Arahura river will understand how such a concept arose.
▪ Every researcher knows that a clear understanding of terms and concepts is necessary in order to communicate to other scientists and scholars.
▪ This makes driving an ideal context in which to understand the concept of subjective risk and explore its relationship with memory.
▪ S Department of Defense in the hopes of understanding better the concept of deception.
▪ I think the really critical issue is to understand the concepts behind the particular forms of financing which are used.
▪ Select an adviser who understands the self-victimisation concept and is far enough removed from the problem to be objective. 2.
▪ A fundamentally different analytical method is to use the concept of bibliographical coupling to construct clusters of co-citing journals.
▪ You might be surprised how difficult it is to develop a generally accepted definition of this most widely used political concept.
▪ The time has come to start using these concepts and arguments in relation to present-day urban sociology.
▪ Box 3. 1 suggests how you might try to use the concepts and methods of micropolitical analysis to assess such questions.
▪ To separate as far as possible the concepts of equity and efficiency, economists use the concept of Pareto efficiency.
▪ This give-and-take using ideas provides emerging concepts with multiple experiential reference points.
▪ It would be inefficient and uneconomical to avoid such terminology when it can be used to crystallise a concept.
▪ Throughout the discussion every effort is made to show how the book uses these terms and concepts of social science.
▪ She thinks that marriage is an old-fashioned concept.
▪ The idea of a soul is a religious concept.
▪ What's your concept of an ideal society?
▪ Clearly, though, the best way to improve your presentation skills is through practice and constructive criticism, hardly new concepts.
▪ However, given finite resources, concepts of effectiveness and efficiency must be considered alongside concepts of need.
▪ The modular concept of custom-fitting a work space has taken on residential refinements.
▪ The Read codes adopt a particular approach to the representation of medical concepts.
▪ There is a continuing discussion as to what a concept really is.
▪ They are then arranged in a concept/keyword map that combines the syllabus concepts and the relevant subject content of indexed resources.
▪ To understand the nature of this challenge, we must first come to terms with the concept of a physical field.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Concept \Con"cept\, n. [L. conceptus (cf. neut. conceptum fetus), p. p. of concipere to conceive: cf. F. concept. See Conceit.] An abstract general conception; a notion; a universal.

The words conception, concept, notion, should be limited to the thought of what can not be represented in the imagination; as, the thought suggested by a general term.
--Sir W. Hamilton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Medieval Latin conceptum "draft, abstract," in classical Latin "(a thing) conceived," from concep-, past participle stem of concipere "to take in" (see conceive). In some 16c. cases a refashioning of conceit (perhaps to avoid negative connotations).


n. 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).


n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances [syn: conception, construct] [ant: misconception]


A concept is a generalization or abstraction from experience or the result of a transformation of existing ideas. The 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 treated in many if not most disciplines both explicitly, such as in linguistics, psychology, philosophy, etc., and implicitly, such as in mathematics, physics, etc. In informal use the word concept often just means any idea, but formally it involves the abstraction component.

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 (mental objects)
  • Concepts as abilities, where concepts are abilities peculiar to cognitive agents (mental states)
  • Concepts as Fregean senses (see sense and reference), where concepts are abstract objects, as opposed to mental objects and mental states
Concept (generic programming)

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.

Concept (disambiguation)

A concept is an idea, something that is conceived in the human mind.

Concept may also refer to:

  • Berkshire Concept 70, an American sailplane design
  • Concept 40, an American sailboat design
  • Concept (generic programming), a generic programming term
  • In computational learning theory, a subset of the instance space; see Concept class
  • Concepts (C++), a proposed extension to C++'s template system
  • Concept virus (disambiguation), the name of two pieces of malware
  • Conceptualization (information science), organizing principles and objects underlying an abstract, simplified view of the world selected for a particular purpose such as information access
  • Concept car, a prototype design
  • Concept map, a method for visualizing concepts
  • Concept phase, in product life-cycle management
a proper name in Music and Arts
  • Concept (album), a 1981 album by The Sylvers
  • Concepts (album), a Frank Sinatra album
  • Concept album, a popular music album unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical
  • Concept Records, a record label
  • DJ Concept, DJ, producer from Long Island, New York
  • Concept (board game), a 2014 board game
Concept (album)

Concept is the ninth album by the Los Angeles, California-based R&B group The Sylvers.

Concept (band)

Concept is an Italian progressive power metal band, formed in 2000.

Concept (board game)

Concept is a 2014 board game developed by Alain Rivollet and Gaëtan Beaujannot and published by Repos. It was nominated for the Jeu de l'année prize in Cannes in 2014.

Usage examples of "concept".

The absolutist nature of the American Creed, with its ideological faith in Democracy and Freedom, tends to produce etherized, contentless versions of both these concepts.

The concept of nation in Europe developed on the terrain of the patrimonial and absolutist state.

After a few years that archival section is going to begin filling up with some great actionable concepts, worked out in relatively valid detail.

The concept theoretically should be able to impact adversarial situations that apply across the board to high, mid, low, no, or minimal technology threats.

The beauty of this advertisement comes from many elementsfirst, the association with an Italian icon, and second, the brilliant execution that ties so wonderfully to the concept of two kinds of sauce.

Pepper is often described as the first concept album, but it was not initially conceived as such.

Paul does not remember any overt decision by himself and John to write songs with a northern theme, even though these first two would indicate a concept album along those lines.

The existence of an unbreakable algorithm was a concept she was still struggling to grasp.

A concept introduced into the culture, like the Anachronists, to allow a mundane society some practice in the idea of shifting worlds and cultures?

In the physical framework of general relativity and in the corresponding mathematical framework of Riemannian geometry there is a single concept of distance, and it can acquire arbitrarily small values.

For the power of forming concepts must have manifested itself in the primitive man, as is actually the case in the infant, by movements of many sorts before articulate language existed.

The Gulf War gave us perhaps the first fully articulated example of this new epistemology of the concept.

It fails to see that if we take a bunch of egos with atomistic concepts and teach them that the universe is holistic, all we will actually get is a bunch of egos with holistic concepts.

The transformative question is: who or what is aware of both holistic and atomistic concepts?

Witness of those concepts, a Witness that itself is neither holistic nor atomistic, see here the Witness dissolve in an Emptiness that embraces the entire Kosmos.