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

- he loved her only in the abstract--not in person

Similar word(s): abstract

Definition categories: thought, concept, conception, construct

2. the act of withdrawing or removing something

Definition categories: act, remotion, removal

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

Similar word(s): generalisation, generalization

Definition categories: thought, theorisation, theorization

4. an abstract painting

Definition categories: man–made, painting, picture

5. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

Similar word(s): abstractedness

Definition categories: thought, absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy, preoccupation

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

Definition categories: general, entity

Sentences with abstraction as a noun:

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

- to fight for mere abstractions.