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abstraction

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A general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

The act of withdrawing or removing something

Word definitions for abstraction in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADJECTIVE high ▪ The method consists in extrapolating from concrete relations those properties which can be directly subsumed under these higher order abstractions . pure ▪ She was one of Britain's best-loved painters, whose...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Abstraction \Ab*strac"tion\, n. [Cf. F. abstraction. See Abstract , a.] The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal. A wrongful abstraction of wealth from certain members of the community. --J. S. Mill....

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The act of abstracting, separating, withdrawing, or taking away; withdrawal; the state of being taken away. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) (R:SOED5: page=10) 2 # (context euphemistic English) The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, "a withdrawal from worldly affairs, asceticism," from Old French abstraction (14c.), from Latin abstractionem (nominative abstractio ), noun of action from past participle stem of abstrahere "drag away, pull away, divert" (see abstract (adj.))....

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person" [syn: abstract ] the act of withdrawing or removing something the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Abstraction in its main sense is a conceptual process by which general rules and concepts are derived from the usage and classification of specific examples, literal ("real" or " concrete ") signifiers, first principles , or other methods. "An abstraction"...

Usage examples of abstraction.

Burnside wallowed before an abstraction, and Burnside is not Houdini when it comes to abstractions.

They were influenced by Constructivism and the Bauhaus, and promoted Expressionism and abstraction.

To this epoch of ardent abstractions and impassioned logomachies belongs the philosophical reign of Julian, an illuminatus and Initiate of the first order, who believed in the unity of God and the universal Dogma of the Trinity, and regretted the loss of nothing of the old world but its magnificent symbols and too graceful images.

Out of these questions emerge the concerns of innumerable feminists that postmodernism and deconstruction may very well theorize to an abstraction the lived experience of women or divert attention away from mistreatment in the rush to revel in the more playful eccentricities of theory and ambiguity.

In defiance of monition and in spite of resolution, the primrose path is trodden by all sorts and conditions of men, sinners no doubt, but not necessarily abstractions of sin, and to assert the contrary makes for cant and not for righteousness.

And incorporated into the Overstructure were abstractions of microscopic cellular structure created by the Arthropods, who are believers in maximizing harmony with nature.

The computer obliged with a color-coded abstraction that showed the sequencing of base pairs on the offending palindrome as a series of little plugs and sockets.

Evil personified by error continued by the worship of abstractions, 694-u.

The higher the level of abstraction, the more human and Quintan semantics diverged.

You have learned to concentrate deeply, to think subtly, to have affection for abstractions, to live at a distance from quotidian things.

I might mention that urbane folk make up the membership of the Redemptionist Alliance, the Vitatis Cult, the Cosmic Peace Movement, Panortheism, a dozen more: all motivated by abstractions four or five or six times removed from reality.

We feel that you of the Mull have been stampeded into reckless decisions by the zealous and articulate group known as the Redemptionists, who deal in abstractions and not in facts.

The advocates of the theory, to have made their abstraction complete, should have presented their primitive man as below the lowest known savage, unprogressive, and in himself incapable of developing any progressive energy.

In an age when many critically acclaimed modern artists celebrated an aesthetics of abstraction or ugliness, Disney offered pleasing pictures in perspective.

But the fact that IT eludes every description must not, as happens so often, be mistaken for the description of IT as the airiest of abstractions, as a literal transparent continuum or undifferentiated cosmic jello.