Abstraction definition

ăb-străkshən, əb-
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The act of focusing on one characteristic of an object rather than the object as a whole group of characteristics; the act of separating said qualities from the object or ideas. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

Abstraction is necessary for the classification of things into genera and species.

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Formation of an idea, as of a quality or property of a thing, in such a way as to apprehend that quality or property apart from any particular instances of it in the material world.
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An idea so formed, or a word or term for it.

“honesty” and “whiteness” are abstractions.

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A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life, as a hermit's abstraction; the withdrawal from one's senses. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Preoccupation; absent-mindedness.
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An abstracting or being abstracted; removal.
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The act of separating, taking away, or withdrawing.
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The act of taking with the intent to injure or defraud.
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The unauthorized taking of financial statements or funds with the intent of misappropriating them.
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The act of abstracting, separating, withdrawing, or taking away; withdrawal; the state of being taken away. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  • (euphemistic) The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  • (engineering) Removal of water from a river, lake, or aquifer.
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The act of comparing commonality between distinct objects and organizing using those similarities; the act of generalizing characteristics; the product of said generalization. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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An idea or notion of an abstract or theoretical nature. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

To fight for mere abstractions.

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Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects; preoccupation. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
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(art) An abstract creation, or piece of art; qualities of artwork that are free from representational aspects. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
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(chemistry) A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.
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An idea of an unrealistic or visionary nature.
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The result of mentally abstracting an idea; the results of said process.
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(geology) The merging of two river valleys by the larger of the two deepening and widening so much so, as to assimilate the smaller.
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(computing) Any generalization technique that ignores or hides details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances for the purpose of controlling the intellectual complexity of engineered systems, particularly software systems.
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(computing) Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction.
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An unrealistic or impractical notion.
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An abstract quality.
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Mental withdrawal; absent-mindedness.
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A picture, statue, etc. that is wholly or partly abstract.
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The definition of abstraction is an idea that lacks a concrete nature, or is idealistic in nature.

Examples of abstractions can be feelings such as sadness or happiness.

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Abstraction is defined as a work of art where the subject or theme is implied.

An example of an abstraction that is a piece of art is the painting “Introspection” by Marten Jansen.

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The definition of abstraction refers to the concept of being preoccupied or absent minded.

An example of abstraction is when your finances may dominate your thoughts and prevent you from focusing on other ideas or tasks.

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An abstract work of art.
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The act of abstracting or the state of having been abstracted.
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An abstract concept, idea, or term.
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An abstract quality.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

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abstraction
Plural:
abstractions

Origin of abstraction

  • Either from Middle French or from Medieval Latin abstractio (“separation”), from Latin abstrahō (“to draw away”). Equivalent to abstract +‎ -tion.

    From Wiktionary