Abstract philosophical problems.
Beauty is an abstract word.
Abstract a long article in a paragraph.
Abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.
An example of abstract is the idea of justice.
An example of an abstract is a written description of the findings of a scientific study.
An example of abstract is to take salt out of sea water.
- (art, often capitalized) Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (music) Absolute.
- (dance) Lacking a story.
He was wholly abstracted by other objects.
An abstract concept.
Abstract words like truth and justice.
Abstract painting and sculpture.
- In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
- in theory as apart from practice
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”).