1. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
- abstract words like `truth' and `justice'
2. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
- a large abstract painting
3. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
- abstract reasoning
- abstract science
Similar word(s): theoretical
1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
- he loved her only in the abstract--not in person
Similar word(s): abstraction
2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
1. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
2. make off with belongings of others
3. consider apart from a particular case or instance
- Let's abstract away from this particular example
4. give an abstract (of)
Sentences with abstract as a verb:
- He was wholly abstracted by other objects.
- He abstracted out the square root function.