Simple Definition of abstraction
: the act of obtaining or removing something from a source : the act of abstracting something
: a general idea or quality rather than an actual person, object, or event : an abstract idea or quality
: the state of someone who is not paying attention to what is happening or being said : an abstracted state
Full Definition of abstraction
abstractionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
abstractiveplay \ab-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈab-ˌ\ adjective
Examples of abstraction in a sentence
abstraction of data from hospital records
“Beauty” and “truth” are abstractions.
She gazed out the window in abstraction.
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Rhymes with abstraction
attraction, bolt-action, class action, compaction, contraction, cross action, detraction, diffraction, distraction, exaction, extraction, impaction, inaction, infraction, job action, live-action, olfaction, protraction, reaction, redaction, refraction, retraction, stop-action, subtraction, transaction
ABSTRACTION Defined for Kids
Definition of abstraction for Students
1 : the act of summarizing : the state of being summarized
2 : a thought or thoughts about general qualities or ideas rather than people or things
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