abstract ( abstracts plural )
1 adj An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.
...abstract principles such as justice..., It's not a question of some abstract concept.
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
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