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Definitions of abstraction

  1. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an abstract painting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Withdrawal, as of the mind from any object, or a quality from a thing of which it is a part; absence of mind; dishonest removal; theft; something unreal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Act of abstracting: state of being abstracted, absence of mind: the operation of the mind by which certain qualities or attributes of an object are considered apart from the rest: a purloining. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Act of taking away; absence of mind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. An abstracting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. An abstract idea; something unreal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Removal; theft. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Absence of mind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of abstracting; the state of being abstracted; the operation of the mind by which qualities are considered apart from their substances, and abstract ideas, which may be reasoned about apart from things, are formed from concrete objects; a separation from worldly objects; absence of mind; purloining. The separation by heat of the volatile parts of a compound from those which are fixed. When the part abstracted is collected, the process is called distillation or sublimation, according as the process is wet or dry. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for abstraction

  1. Not unless we admit a motive stronger than the abstraction which we call patriotism. – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
  2. While she worked at the fingers of her silk gloves, what Harriet took for nervousness was pure abstraction – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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