in the abstract

idiom

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

Examples of in the abstract in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Demonizing public education in the abstract is one thing. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica, 1 July 2024 Before 1990, academics vigorously debated the question but largely in the abstract: there was a marked dearth of empirical research on the links between the global economy and conflict. Stephen G. Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 The problem is that there is a paradox in the aftermath of satisfying a desire that, for most people, only exists in the abstract. Rafaela Bassili, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2024 What detractors will rarely mention is that this type of agency deference has become built-in to the government’s ability to regulate increasingly complex industries and economies, not just in the abstract but in ways that matter day to day. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 19 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for in the abstract 

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“In the abstract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20abstract. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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