Term: concept Class:  
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Created 19 September 2013
Last modified 19 September 2013
Contributed by Stephen Richard


Definition: A mental phenomena that human beings use in their internal representation of the world. Webster’s dictionary [1996] uses the terms ‘idea’ and ‘object of thought’ to convey the meaning of ‘concept.’ Concepts exist in the mind of human observers.

From Glossary in Richard, S. M., 2006, Geoscience concept models, in Sinha, K, and Baru, C, Geoinformatics: Geological Society of America Special Paper 397, p. 81-107. Submitted 14 April 2016
by Stephen
A unit of thought constituted through abstraction on the basis of properties common to a set of objects. (ISO 1087) Submitted 14 April 2016
by Gary