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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.


the quality of being abstract as opposed to concrete
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstractness - the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
incorporeality, immateriality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
concreteness - the quality of being concrete (not abstract)


nAbstraktheit f
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In speech and especially in literature, most of all in poetry, they were given to abstractness of thought and expression, intended to secure elegance, but often serving largely to substitute superficiality for definiteness and significant meaning.
There is something asymptotically elusive about modernity: the depth and comprehensiveness of our definitions increase its abstractness and distance; the accuracy, nuance, and precision of our characterizations increase its narrowness and obscurity.
I suggest the same may be said of struggling students who find that the work lacks meaning because of its complexity, abstractness or disinterest combined with the absence of appropriate scaffolding.
Three research assistants viewed the videotapes and coded every other minute of sociodramatic play for three aspects: 1) symbolic agent ("to what or to whom the play is directed"), 2) symbolic complexity ("number and interrelatedness of schemas used in play") and 3) symbolic substitution ("level of concreteness and/or abstractness of children's props").
In the negative context of abstractness, the positive common denominator of all these tales is the intensity of the protagonist's traumatic experience--his state of mind, the unspecified frenzy of mounting fear.
Pollock's 1946-1950 manner really took up Analytical Cubism from the point at which Picasso and Braque had left it when, in their collages of 1912 and 1913, they drew back from the utter abstractness for which Analytical Cubism seemed headed.
In [29] the quality aspects covered are base specificity, clarity, richness, abstractness, systematicity, base exhaustiveness, and transparency.
American characters such as Captain Ahab and Natty Bumppo did not exist in a complex world in which social relations and social class locked them into a network of fraught relations and obligations with others; lacking the property of "substantiality," they were instead "mythic because of the rare fineness and abstractness of the ideas they represent.
A philosophical realist will counter the assertion by saying that there is, in his View, nothing wrong with the kind of abstractness characteristic of an objective attitude.
Students are annoyed and unhappy with language abstractness and with how varied grammatical structures can be to which identical labels apply.
Please rate the degree of concreteness or abstractness of the metaphor on a 7-point scale.
Or, if God has not "put eternity in their hearts" how is it possible that every natural language of human beings, but no other communication system among all the other species, contains anything resembling the notion of generality, continuity, abstractness, infinity, zero, negation, or eternity?