abstraction


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Synonyms for abstraction

Synonyms for abstraction

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

Synonyms for abstraction

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

References in classic literature ?
Rautsch to little Ada Warrleigh--that fathomless abstraction of eyes habitually turned through naked space.
The spelling was not above reproach, but the sentiments must have been most satisfactory, for on receipt Bobby's eyes softened marvellously, and he was wont to fall into a tender abstraction for a while ere, shaking his cropped head, he charged into his work.
He was so resplendent that I was almost emboldened to confess the abstraction of the lesser gem--, but he bore down all other topics with his over-powering projects.
Abraham talked on, rather for the pleasure of utterance than for audition, so that his sister's abstraction was of no account.
In this state of abstraction he found himself, the following morning, waking to the reality of a stifling September day in New York.
said the old man, coming slowly out of his abstraction.
Umbopa was standing with them, apparently plunged in one of the fits of abstraction which were common to him, and caught my words.
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.
The simplest abstraction was practically beyond our thinking; and when one did happen to think one, he was hard put to communicate it to his fellows.
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.
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.