1. [ noun ] a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
Synonyms: abstract

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

Related terms: concept thing right teacher absolute abstract
2. [ noun ] the act of withdrawing or removing something
Synonyms: extraction
Related terms: removal
3. [ noun ] (psychology) the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
Synonyms: generalization generalisation
Related terms: theorization generalize
4. [ noun ] (fine art) an abstract painting
Related terms: painting
5. [ noun ] preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
Synonyms: abstractedness
Related terms: preoccupation reverie
6. [ noun ] a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
Related terms: time space relation measure set attribute abstract
Similar spelling:   abstractionist