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Dictionary definition for: Abstract

1. (n) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"

2. (v) consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically

3. (a) existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like "truth" and "justice"

4. (n) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

5. (v) make off with belongings of others

6. (s) not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"

7. (v) consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let''s abstract away from this particular example"

8. (s) based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis"

9. (v) give an abstract (of)

10. (s) dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning" "abstract science"

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