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ab·strac·tion

 (ăb-străk′shən, əb-)
n.
1.
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.

abstraction

(æbˈstrækʃən)
n
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
abˈstractive adj
abˈstractively adv

ab•strac•tion

(æbˈstræk ʃən)

n.
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]
ab•strac′tion•al, adj.
ab•strac′tive, adj.

abstraction

the taking of another’s property for one’s own use.
See also: Property and Ownership
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstraction - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instanceabstraction - 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 somethingabstraction - the act of withdrawing or removing something
remotion, removal - the act of removing; "he had surgery for the removal of a malignancy"
3.abstraction - the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
theorisation, theorization - the production or use of theories
4.abstraction - an abstract paintingabstraction - an abstract painting      
painting, picture - graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"
5.abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all elseabstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
preoccupancy, preoccupation, engrossment, absorption - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
revery, reverie - an abstracted state of absorption
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
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
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"

abstraction

noun
1. concept, thought, idea, view, theory, impression, formula, notion, hypothesis, generalization, theorem, generality Is it worth fighting in the name of an abstraction?

abstraction

noun
The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Translations
абстракция

abstraction

[æbˈstrækʃən] N
1. (= act) → abstraccíón f
2. (= absent-mindedness) → distraimiento m, ensimismamiento m

abstraction

[æbˈstrækʃən] n
(= abstract idea) → idée f abstraite
(= preoccupation) → air m préoccupé
(ART) (in art, sculpture)abstraction f

abstraction

nAbstraktion f; (= abstract term also)Abstraktum nt; (= mental separation also)Abstrahieren nt; (= extraction: of information etc) → Entnahme f; (= absent-mindedness)Entrücktheit f (geh); to argue in abstractionsin abstrakten Begriffen or in Abstraktionen argumentieren

abstraction

[æbˈstrækʃn] n
a. (absence of mind) → distrazione f
b. (Philosophy) → astrazione f, concetto astratto
References in classic literature ?
At one time we are in the clouds of mythology, at another among the abstractions of mathematics or metaphysics; we pass imperceptibly from one to the other.
Sometimes, however, we thought too long a distance in advance of our sounds, managed to achieve abstractions (dim ones I grant), which we failed utterly to make known to other folk.
But I deny that I can abstract from one another, or conceive separately, those qualities which it is impossible should exist so separated; or that I can frame a general notion, by abstracting from particulars in the manner aforesaid--which last are the two proper acceptations of ABSTRACTION.
In his haste and abstraction he stuck a pickle-fork into his right eye, and on removing the fork the eye came with it.
Besides the investigation into the manner in which the deceased had met his death, there were serious questions to be settled relating to the cause of the fire, to the abstraction of the keys, and to the presence of a stranger in the vestry at the time when the flames broke out.
His attitude had in it a suggestion of abstraction, like that of a sleepwalker.
When at last he roused himself from his abstraction the sun's rim was visible above the hills, but in the new conditions he found no other light than that of day; his understanding was involved as darkly in doubt as before.
The dairyman, who had thrown himself into abstraction to better realize the taste, and so divine the particular species of noxious weed to which it appertained, suddenly exclaimed--
Presently, after moving, he leaned back and gazed with a curious abstraction at his antagonist.
Princess Mary roused him from his abstraction by drawing his attention to her nephew who had entered the room.
Plato among the Greeks, like Bacon among the moderns, was the first who conceived a method of knowledge, although neither of them always distinguished the bare outline or form from the substance of truth; and both of them had to be content with an abstraction of science which was not yet realized.
It is astonishing that so simple a truth should ever have had an adversary; and it is one, among a multitude of proofs, how apt a spirit of ill-informed jealousy, or of too great abstraction and refinement, is to lead men astray from the plainest truths of reason and conviction.