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  Definition of abstract
  1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
  2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  3. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
  4. consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let''s abstract away from this particular example"
  5. give an abstract (of)
  6. make off with belongings of others
  7. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth'' and `justice''"
  8. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
  9. based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis"
  10. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
Similar Words: abstraction, outline, synopsis, precis, pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift, theoretical, abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective

 

See Also: intangible, impalpable, nonrepresentational

 

Hyponyms: right, absolute, teacher, thing, brief, apercu, epitome

 

Attributes: abstractness

 

Derivational Morphology: precis, sketch, outline, adumbrate, abstraction, generalization, generalisation, abstractor, abstracter, synopsis, booster, shoplifter, lifter, boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum, sneak thief, pilferer, snitcher, pilferage

 

Language Translations:
Catalan: abstracte and resum   Croatian: sažetak  
Danish: abstrakt   Dutch: abstract and samenvatting  
Estonian: abstraktne   Finnish: teoreettinen and tiivistelmä  
French: abstract   German: abstrakt and Auszug  
Hindi: सारांश   Italian: astratto and estratto  
Japanese: 抽象的 and 概要   Norwegian: abstrakt and sammendrag  
Portuguese: abstrato and resumo   Russian: абстрактный and конспект  
Spanish: resumen   Swedish: abstrakt and referat  
 
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