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abstraction

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

: 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

1
a :  the act or process of abstracting :  the state of being abstracted
b :  an abstract idea or term
2
:  absence of mind or preoccupation
3
:  abstract quality or character
4
a :  an abstract composition or creation in art
b :  abstractionism
ab·strac·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
ab·strac·tive \ab-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈab-ˌ\ adjective

Examples of ABSTRACTION

  1. abstraction of data from hospital records
  2. Beauty and truth are abstractions.
  3. She gazed out the window in abstraction.

First Known Use of ABSTRACTION

1549

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