- In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
- in theory as apart from practice
Other Word Forms of Abstract
Origin of Abstract
Middle English from Latin abstractus past participle of abstrahere to draw away abs-, ab- away ab–1 trahere to draw
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, from Latin abstractus, perfect passive participle of abstrahō (“draw away”), formed from abs- (“away”) + trahō (“to pull, draw”).
First attested in 1542. Partly from English abstract (adjective form), and from Latin abstrat past participle of abstrahō (“to draw away”).
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