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a. The act of abstracting or the state of having been abstracted.
b. An abstract concept, idea, or term.
c. An abstract quality.
2. Preoccupation; absent-mindedness.
3. An abstract work of art.
ab·strac′tion·al, ab·strac′tive adj.
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1. absence of mind; preoccupation
2. the process of formulating generalized ideas or concepts by extracting common qualities from specific examples
3. an idea or concept formulated in this way: good and evil are abstractions.
4. (Logic) logic an operator that forms a class name or predicate from any given expression. See also lambda calculus
5. (Art Terms) an abstract painting, sculpture, etc
6. the act of withdrawing or removing
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1. an abstract or general idea or term.
2. the act of considering something in terms of general qualities, apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances.
3. absent-mindedness; inattention.
4. the quality of being abstract.
[1540–50; < Late Latin]
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the taking of another’s property for one’s own use.See also: Property and Ownership
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|Noun||1.||abstraction - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"|
right - an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
absolute - something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative; "no mortal being can influence the absolute"
teacher - a personified abstraction that teaches; "books were his teachers"; "experience is a demanding teacher"
thing - a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of the heart"
|2.||abstraction - the act of withdrawing or removing something|
|3.||abstraction - the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances|
|4.||abstraction - an abstract painting|
|5.||abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else|
preoccupancy, preoccupation, engrossment, absorption - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
|6.||abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples|
entity - that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
psychological feature - a feature of the mental life of a living organism
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
quantity, measure, amount - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
otherworld - an abstract spiritual world beyond earthly reality
set - (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
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1. concept, thought, idea, view, theory, impression, formula, notion, hypothesis, generalization, theorem, generality Is it worth fighting in the name of an abstraction?
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1. (= act) → abstraccíón f
2. (= absent-mindedness) → distraimiento m, ensimismamiento m
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(ART) (in art, sculpture) → abstraction f
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a. (absence of mind) → distrazione f
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