ab·​stract·​ed | \ab-ˈstrak-təd, ˈab-ˌ\

Definition of abstracted 

1 : withdrawn in mind : inattentive to one's surroundings said hello but seemed abstracted

2 : abstract sense 4 abstracted geometric shapes

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Other Words from abstracted

abstractedly adverb
abstractedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for abstracted


absent, absentminded, distracted, preoccupied



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abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters. walking about with an abstracted air preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others. too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters. an absent stare absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness. so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety. was too distracted by grief to continue working

Examples of abstracted in a Sentence

She said hello but she seemed a bit abstracted. the man on the train seemed somewhat abstracted, and he did indeed forget to get off at his stop

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The picture reads like a Surrealist Rorschach test, an abstracted glimpse of a bizarre, private dream. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Naked body parts, hair as sculpture: The strange, sinister, seductive art of Julie Curtiss," 5 June 2018 Truong's abstracted composition interprets a fractured landscape. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: " … and still we banter with the Devil" by Lien Truong," 21 Mar. 2018 The new paintings still employ Bradford’s familiar technique of painting, collaging, scraping and cutting — for abstracted canvases that are worn rather than painted into existence. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Mark Bradford on making art in post-shock phase of the Trump era and how comics channel this moment," 19 Feb. 2018 Echoes of those years reverberate in four of Kaneko's big, abstracted ceramic heads. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Akron Art Museum celebrates lyrical abstractions of Jun Kaneko in show opening today (photos)," 17 Feb. 2018 Her modern, slightly abstracted style, focused more on color and shape than photo-like realism, is considered somewhat of a departure for an official portrait of a first lady. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama Are So Stunning," 12 Feb. 2018 The work of photographer Judy Miranda, whose practice included abstracted portraiture and street photography, appears throughout the exhibition. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "An exhibition on L.A.'s queer Chicano networks shows how California artists connected with the world," 21 Dec. 2017 This technique lends the effect of a political cartoon to Dupuy-Spencer’s works, which otherwise would exist too much in the abstracted and uncommitted sphere of fine art qua fine art. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is Painting the News," 15 Sep. 2017 This towering plywood container, decorated in a hypnotic striped pattern of lime and moss green, is clearly a nod to the abstracted phallus of the Hindu Shiva linga. Elaine W. Ng, CNN, "Hong Kong's M+ Museum examines Asia's shifting design objectives," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of abstracted

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abstracted

from past participle of abstract entry 3

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The first known use of abstracted was in 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of abstracted

: not paying attention to what is happening or being said : thinking of other things

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obstinately defiant of authority

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