overabstract

adjective
over·​ab·​stract | \ ˌō-vər-ab-ˈstrakt How to pronounce overabstract (audio) , -ˈab-ˌstrakt \

Definition of overabstract

: excessively abstract especially : unnecessarily difficult to understand gave an overabstract explanation of the problem … our aim is not to overcomplicate the essence of psychotherapy with extra theory or overabstract ideas, but rather to "demystify" this process … — John Sharry et al.

Other Words from overabstract

overabstraction \ ˌō-​vər-​ab-​ˈstrak-​shən How to pronounce overabstraction (audio) , -​əb-​ \ noun, plural overabstractions
The author stays well within the boundaries of a realistic and reasonable argument and seldom strays into the quagmire of overabstraction. — Donald L. Hardesty

First Known Use of overabstract

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Overabstract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overabstract. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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