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Definition 1: a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where abstract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he loved her only in the abstract--not in person

Synonyms for abstract in the sense of this definition

(abstract is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of abstract ) an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

"they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people" "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"

(... is a kind of abstract ) something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative

"no mortal being can influence the absolute"

(... is a kind of abstract ) a personified abstraction that teaches

"books were his teachers" "experience is a demanding teacher"

(... is a kind of abstract ) a special abstraction

"a thing of the spirit" "things of the heart"

Definition 2: a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for abstract in the sense of this definition

(abstract is a kind of ...) a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

"he gave a summary of the conclusions"

(... is a kind of abstract ) a condensed written summary or abstract

(... is a kind of abstract ) a short synopsis

(... is a kind of abstract ) a brief abstract (as of an article or book)

Definition 3: consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically - [verb of cognition]

(abstract is a kind of ...) deem to be

"She views this quite differently from me" "I consider her to be shallow" "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"

Definition 4: consider apart from a particular case or instance - [verb of cognition]

Samples where abstract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's abstract away from this particular example

(abstract is a kind of ...) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

"Take the case of China" "Consider the following case"

Definition 5: give an abstract (of) - [verb of communication]

(abstract is a kind of ...) give a summary (of)

"he summed up his results" "I will now summarize"

Definition 6: make off with belongings of others - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for abstract in the sense of this definition

(abstract is a kind of ...) take without the owner's consent

"Someone stole my wallet on the train" "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

Definition 7: existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where abstract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • abstract words like `truth' and `justice'

(abstract is similar to ...) being of the nature of a notion or concept

"a plan abstract and conceptional" "to improve notional comprehension" "a notional response to the question"

(abstract is similar to ...) being or characterized by concepts or their formation

"conceptual discussions" "the schizophrenic loses ability to abstract or do conceptual thinking" "sex is a notional category, gender is a grammatical category"

(abstract is similar to ...) constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception

"a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"

(abstract is similar to ...) concerned with or suggestive of ideas

"ideological application of a theory" "the drama's symbolism was very ideological"

(means also ...) of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature

(means also ...) incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch

"the intangible constituent of energy"

(... are attributes of abstract) the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object

Definition 8: not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where abstract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a large abstract painting

Synonyms for abstract in the sense of this definition

(abstract is similar to ...) of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature

Definition 9: dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where abstract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • abstract reasoning
  • abstract science

(abstract is similar to ...) concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

"theoretical physics"

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