abstract concept meaning, abstract concept definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( abstracts    plural  )
1       adj   An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.   (=theoretical)  
...abstract principles such as justice..., It's not a question of some abstract concept.     
  abstractly      adv  
It is hard to think abstractly in these conditions.     
2    When you talk or think about something in the abstract, you talk or think about it in a general way, rather than considering particular things or events.  
in the abstract      phrase   PHR with cl/group  
Money was a commodity she never thought about except in the abstract.     
3       adj   In grammar, an abstract noun refers to a quality or idea rather than to a physical object.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: concrete)    ...abstract words such as glory, honor, and courage.     
4       adj   Abstract art makes use of shapes and patterns rather than showing people or things.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: figurative)    ...a modern abstract painting.     
5       n-count   An abstract is an abstract work of art.  
6       n-count   An abstractof an article, document, or speech is a short piece of writing that gives the main points of it.  
oft N of n   (=summary)  
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relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws
classical African concept, humanist phylosophy focusing on people`s interrelations. It is originary from Bantu languages.
"I am what I am because of who we all are" , "Live consciuosly" are sayings belonging to this phylosophy
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
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