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 (ăb-străkt′, ăb′străkt′)
1. Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract concept.
2. Not applied or practical; theoretical.
3. Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract philosophical problems.
4. Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality: abstract words like truth and justice.
5. Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
6. Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation: abstract painting and sculpture.
n. (ăb′străkt′)
1. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
2. Something abstract.
3. An abstract of title.
tr.v. (ăb-străkt′) ab·stract·ed, ab·stract·ing, ab·stracts
a. To take away; remove: abstract the most important data from a set of records.
b. To remove without permission; steal: a painting that was abstracted from the museum.
2. To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects: abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.
3. (ăb′străkt′) To write a summary of; summarize: abstract a long article in a paragraph.
4. To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style): "The Bauhaus Functionalists were ... busy unornamenting and abstracting modern architecture, painting and design" (John Barth).
in the abstract
In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.

[Middle English, from Latin abstractus, past participle of abstrahere, to draw away : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + trahere, to draw.]

ab·stract′er n.
ab·stract′ly adv.
ab·stract′ness n.


in an abstract manner, theoretically
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Adv.1.abstractly - in abstract termsabstractly - in abstract terms      
concretely - in concrete terms; "concretely, this meant that he was broke"


[ˈæbstræktli] advd'une manière abstraiteabstract noun nnom m abstrait
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When he thought of Ellen Olenska it was abstractly, serenely, as one might think of some imaginary beloved in a book or a picture: she had become the composite vision of all that he had missed.
I never thought about it so abstractly," he confessed.
Gloriana, the Fairy Queen, is abstractly Glory, but humanly she is Queen Elizabeth; and from other points of view Elizabeth is identified with several of the lesser heroines.
Put thus broadly and abstractly, the answer must be negative.
Abstractly, theoretically, she did not merely justify, she positively approved of Anna's conduct.
As a general principle, abstractly, Dolly approved of Anna's action; but to see the man for whose sake her action had been taken was disagreeable to her.
The striking, somewhat abstractly stylized illustrations nicely balance the fact-filled text in this enlightening and educational storybook.
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There are formal surprises in this new collection which recently won the National Book Award as well: an intricate narrative structure conflating the stories of child, knight-explorer, and artist, and the insertion of a series of abstractly metaphorical prose poems that have the feel of Kafkaesque fables.
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This invitation to tender is abstractly at Supplying and installing security equipment in the buildings of the Commission in Brussels and the surrounding area.