abstract entity

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Noun1.abstract entity - 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"
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The passage Barnett quotes from Justice Wilson's Chisholm opinion cannot mean that individuals retain some sovereign status (I think Wilson meant "the man" in the sense of ordinary people, in contrast to an abstract entity like "legislative authority").
The "unknown buyer" seems the least likely to a seller because they are an abstract entity.
The basic point here is that the community cannot be seen as an abstract entity.
Being" signifies and refers to all beings, but there is no such thing as an abstract entity that is being (and one could add bronze, horse, and human nature).
Too many people in our largest province appear to see the Taliban as a remote, distant and abstract entity.
A literary critic, for example, may say that Sherlock Holmes, as a fictional character, has the properties of being an abstract entity and of being created by Doyle.
Food is a concrete entity but nutrition is an abstract entity.
Patriotic feeling was at a high point during the war years, and it was more commonly prompted by 'England' than by the abstract entity of the 'United Kingdom', even if this was irritating to the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish.
That kind of public money was freely and joyfully donated by an abstract entity called This Great Nation of Ours.
Given that the population of England grew after 1 500 and particularly from 1750, we can be fairly certain that survival depended on a wider range of items than we normally think of when measuring that abstract entity, the food supply.
Kevin Bazzana, a Gould biographer, explains that "[f]or Gould a musical work was an abstract entity that could be fully comprehended in the mind in the absence of performance" (p.