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< Latin conceptus (a thought, purpose, also a conceiving, etc.) < concipere, pp. conceptus (to take in, conceive); see conceive.

Singular
concept

Plural
concepts

concept (plural concepts)

  1. Something understood, and 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).
    • ?, Sir W. Hamilton, ?:  
      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.
  2. (programming) In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.


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