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
Examples of abstraction
abstraction of data from hospital records
“Beauty” and “truth” are abstractions.
She gazed out the window in abstraction.
First Known Use of abstraction
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
Learn More about abstraction
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up abstraction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).