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Definition of 'abstraction'


  1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
       Synonyms: abstract
  2. the act of withdrawing or removing something
  3. the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
       Synonyms: generalization generalisation
  4. an abstract painting
  5. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
       Synonyms: abstractedness
  6. a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

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