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Difference Between Idea and Concept

Idea vs Concept

Idea and Concept are two words that are often confused due to the appeared similarity in their meanings. Strictly speaking there is difference between the two words. Idea refers to a plan formed by mental effort. On the other hand concept refers to a procedure. This is the main difference between idea and concept.

Idea is formed by an individual whereas a concept is generally laid by a group of individuals. This is also an important difference between the two words. Observe the two sentences

1. I had the idea of writing a book on Italian cuisine.

2. Do you have any idea?

In the first sentence the word idea refers to ‘plan’ of writing a book on Italian cuisine. In the second sentence too the word ‘idea’ refers to ‘plan’.

Look at the two sentences given below

1. It is a political concept.

2. The members did not accept the concept.

In the first sentence the word ‘concept’ refers to a certain procedure, in the second sentence too it refers to a procedure or a process.

The word ‘idea’ often refers to a mental impression. Sometimes it refers to a vague notion as in the sentence ‘I had an idea that you were married’. In this sentence the speaker was not sure whether the person was married or not. Hence the word ‘idea’ in the sentence refers to a kind of vague notion.

Another difference between idea and concept is that an idea is not abstract in nature whereas concept is abstract in nature. A concept is an abstract notion. Sometimes the word ‘concept’ refers to an idea that is used to sell a commodity or a product to the customers. In other words a concept is used to publicize a commodity. These are the differences between idea and concept.


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