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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
It reflects defocusing of the divine conceptual subject and its substitution for the more abstract concept of destiny, thereby being the indicative of the increase in the level of abstractness. In Old English, prophecy sense was more concrete and linked with God, who is perceived holistically as one being who directs everything.
Students are annoyed and unhappy with language abstractness and with how varied grammatical structures can be to which identical labels apply.
(For the record, Nozkowski, Lipsky, and Walker were all born just before the beginning or just before the end of World War II; Frankenthaler is slightly more than a decade older.) Their approaches range from unequivocal abstractness to variable allusiveness.
He did not look up from the newspaper when he told her that was how much he loved her, so he never saw the sideways suspicion she was shooting at the abstractness of his answer.
Darwish's poetry has been growing in its abstractness over the years, yet somehow it remains intimate and revelatory.
Although I am not satisfied with G.'s invocation of eschatology to resolve difficult christological issues (such as the significance of Jesus' maleness) and I do not believe her charge fits as many feminist projects as she suggests, her challenge to the abstractness of some feminist Christologies is worth considering.
By the standards of most contemporary philosophers, who seem to regard a commitment to impenetrability, abstractness, academicism, and inaccessibility as the badge of professionalism, Santayana would appear to be not only a lightweight but an impostor and a traitor to his class.
one could theoretically say that English -ness is an inflectional marker of abstractness, and that each adjective is obligatorily inflected as either [+abstract] (-ness) or [-abstract] (-[Phi])).
The meaning of much of the work is at just such a level of abstractness, relative to the object intended as its vehicle.
Ermarth is impressively right in her fundamental arguments about the degree of abstractness latent in realism and the ways in which, while presuming to abjure the essential for the particular, it affirms an essence not in fact visible at any single point of either picture or narrative.
Putting aside worries about the abstractness of an orchestrated conversation and exchange of arguments among these four thinkers, the identification of Habermas as a pragmatist will seem strange, if not simply mistaken, to many specialists in pragmatism and American philosophy.