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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.
First, the paper identifies factors that can be used to define "college level," including intensity, abstractness, open-endedness, rigor, independence, and type of instructional materials.
Yet the ensemble generates a sense of complexity, relationships, and depth that, for all its abstractness, suggests a model of society, or even of the environment.
Of course, this came as no surprise to anyone who had seen the wonderful show of Manet's still lifes at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, in 2000, where the case for his stunning modernism was unequivocally made by--among other works--a deadpan, frontal painting of a melon from the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, regrettably not in the Boston show, which seemed to leave nothing possible as a follow-up but complete abstractness.
While the notion was derived from Husserl, with some passes through Heidegger, it is very much Rota's; he alone has developed and appreciated the power and abstractness of the concept.
When that awareness came, it seemed to me that Voegelin was moving from the concreteness of historical investigation and reflection to the abstractness of speculative philosophy.
The often strange looking, strange sounding words, their meaning unclear or completely mysterious, tend to take on a certain abstractness.
Marx is applauded for his attention to concrete political struggle, whereas Habermas is criticized for his abstractness and distance from the concerns of everyday politics.
Here we touch on a peculiarity of music among the other arts: its mixture of the concrete and sensorial with the abstractness of its mode of meaning.
To its credit, Comber's thorough abstractness left the door open to imaginative ruminations on the precariousness of shelter, the untamable violence of nature (earthquakes, hurricanes), and destruction's potential as a creative force.
It certainly is the essential abstractness of still life paintings that makes them particularly accessible to present-day audiences.
s analytic precision about formal syntax and semantics is some abstractness, notwithstanding helpful examples from Sophocles against torture and on promise-keeping.