in the abstract

Definition of in the abstract

  1. :  without referring to a specific person, object, or event :  in a general way thinking about freedom in the abstract

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  disassociated from any specific instance

    :  difficult to understand :  abstruse

    :  insufficiently factual :  formal

  1. :  a summary of points (as of a writing) usually presented in skeletal form

    :  something that summarizes or concentrates the essentials of a larger thing or several things

    :  an abstract thing or state (see 1abstract)

  1. :  to make a summary or abstract of :  summarize

    :  to draw away the attention of

    :  steal, purloin

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