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
The ridiculous character of a religious concept or doctrine; formed from "religion" and "ridiculous", popularized by Bill Maher.
[Hum.];[Iron.];[Pej.];[Rel.] Word formed from "religion" and "ridiculous", popularized by Bill Maher: "The concepts of vicarious redemption and sacrifice are religulous."
"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).
a concept relating to internet social media where people interact with each other using online identity generally referred as ‘users’ which collectively describes as virtual public.
[Tech.] online users, online avatars, internet social media public
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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