overabstract

adjective over·ab·stract \ ˌō-vər-ab-ˈstrakt , -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.

overabstraction

play \ˌō-vər-ab-ˈstrak-shən, -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

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