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Adjective: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
    "abstract words like 'truth' and 'justice'"
     
  2. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
    "a large abstract painting";
    - abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective
     
  3. Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
    "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
     
  4. (computing) of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than being completely defined and directly usable
Verb: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
     
  2. Make off with belongings of others
    - pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch [Brit], snarf [N. Amer], swipe, hook, sneak, filch [informal], nobble [Brit], lift, whip [Brit], nick [Brit, informal], snatch
     
  3. Consider apart from a particular case or instance
    "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
     
  4. Give an abstract (of)
Noun: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person";
    - abstraction
     
  2. A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
    - outline, synopsis, précis, rundown

Derived forms: abstracting, abstracted, abstracts

See also: abstractness, conceptional, conceptual, ideal, ideational, ideologic, ideological, impalpable, intangible, nonrepresentational, notional, theoretical

Type of: concept, conception, consider, construct, look at, reckon, regard, resume, run over, see, steal, sum up, summarise [Brit], summarize, summary, sum-up, take, view

Antonym: concrete

Encyclopedia: Abstract