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Meaning & Definition of Abstraction in English

English

Abstraction

/æbstrækʃən/

noun

1. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

  • "He loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
    synonym:
  • abstraction
  • ,
  • abstract

2. The act of withdrawing or removing something

    synonym:
  • abstraction

3. The process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

    synonym:
  • abstraction
  • ,
  • generalization
  • ,
  • generalisation

4. An abstract painting

    synonym:
  • abstraction

5. Preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

    synonym:
  • abstractedness
  • ,
  • abstraction

6. A general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

    synonym:
  • abstraction
  • ,
  • abstract entity