abstraction

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Synonyms for abstraction

the condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings

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a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

the act of withdrawing or removing something

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the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

an abstract painting

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preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

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The common logic says 'the greater the extension, the less the comprehension,' and we may put the same thought in another way and say of abstract or general ideas, that the greater the abstraction of them, the less are they capable of being applied to particular and concrete natures.
There was a certain cynical ring in her father's voice that was unlike his usual hesitating abstraction.
It is astonishing that so simple a truth should ever have had an adversary; and it is one, among a multitude of proofs, how apt a spirit of ill-informed jealousy, or of too great abstraction and refinement, is to lead men astray from the plainest truths of reason and conviction.
The dairyman, who had thrown himself into abstraction to better realize the taste, and so divine the particular species of noxious weed to which it appertained, suddenly exclaimed--
Presently, after moving, he leaned back and gazed with a curious abstraction at his antagonist.
Princess Mary roused him from his abstraction by drawing his attention to her nephew who had entered the room.
I walked along with Miss Murray, turning aside my face, and neglecting to notice several successive remarks, till she bawled out that I was either deaf or stupid; and then (having recovered my self-possession), as one awakened from a fit of abstraction, I suddenly looked up and asked what she had been saying.
In his haste and abstraction he stuck a pickle-fork into his right eye, and on removing the fork the eye came with it.
His attitude had in it a suggestion of abstraction, like that of a sleepwalker.
A sudden coolness brought me out of my abstraction, and looking up I found myself entering the deep shadows of the ravine.
Every man has to learn the points of compass again as often as be awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.
Plato among the Greeks, like Bacon among the moderns, was the first who conceived a method of knowledge, although neither of them always distinguished the bare outline or form from the substance of truth; and both of them had to be content with an abstraction of science which was not yet realized.
Besides the investigation into the manner in which the deceased had met his death, there were serious questions to be settled relating to the cause of the fire, to the abstraction of the keys, and to the presence of a stranger in the vestry at the time when the flames broke out.
And nothing in the way of abstraction could have equalled my deep de- tachment from the forms and colours of this world.
repeated the secretary, looking at him in a sort of abstraction.