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abstraction

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noun ab·strac·tion \ab-ˈstrak-shən, əb-\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abstraction

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of abstracting :  the state of being abstracted b :  an abstract idea or term

  2. 2 :  absence of mind or preoccupation

  3. 3 :  abstract quality or character

  4. 4 a :  an abstract composition or creation in art b :  abstractionism

abstractional

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

abstractive

play \ab-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈab-ˌ\ adjective

Examples of abstraction in a sentence

  1. abstraction of data from hospital records

  2. Beauty and truth are abstractions.

  3. She gazed out the window in abstraction.



1549

First Known Use of abstraction

1549

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

abstraction

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noun ab·strac·tion \ab-ˈstrak-shən\

Definition of abstraction for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of summarizing :  the state of being summarized

  2. 2 :  a thought or thoughts about general qualities or ideas rather than people or things





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