• An abstract and general idea; an abstraction.
  • Understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and 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).
  • A description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.



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  • Borrowed from Middle French concept, from Latin conceptus ("a thought, purpose, also a conceiving, etc."), from concipiƍ. conceit. See conceive.

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