Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Concept of Conceptualization

“Please kindly elaborate on the etymology of ‘concept’ and ‘conceptualization’. Thanks a million.”   Zahra

At the core of both words is the past participle of the Latin concipere, to conceive. The past participle form is conceptum, something conceived.

One conceives in the physical sense when she gets pregnant. One conceives in the intellectual sense when he or she forms an idea.

As for conceptualization, it starts with the verb suffix –ize, then gets transformed into a noun when the suffix –tion is added. That suffix signifies a state or condition of being.

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