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Abstractedness \Ab*stract"ed*ness\, n. The state of being abstracted; abstract character.


n. The state of being abstracted; abstract character. (First attested in the mid 17th century.)(R:SOED5: page=10)


n. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else [syn: abstraction]

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But as, after all, the abstractedness of these speculations is no recommendation, but rather a disadvantage to them, and as this difficulty may perhaps be surmounted by care and art, and the avoiding of all unnecessary detail, we have, in the following enquiry, attempted to throw some light upon subjects, from which uncertainty has hitherto deterred the wise, and obscurity the ignorant.

This evening Vautrin had noticed Eugene's abstractedness, and stayed in the room, though he had seemed to be in a hurry to finish his dinner and go.