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Adjective
Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence
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“Wilber has failed to attract a mainstream audience because his writing is so often abstract in nature.”
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Difficult to understand or conceptualize
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“The wholly abstract fact is prior to, and simpler than, the propositions of which it is the logical form.”
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Relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality directly
“Both legs and abstract shapes contribute to an almost painterly overall compositional effect.”
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Existing only in the imagination
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Difficult for the mind to grasp
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Not negotiable
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Made simple
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Cold or aloof in manner or behavior
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Cubist or geometric
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That cannot be precisely defined or put into words
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Not concerned with material values or pursuits
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Neutral
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Not realistic
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Of very great excellence or beauty
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Above or beyond what is expected or normal
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Thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom
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Hard to find, capture, or achieve
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Not influenced by strong emotion, and so able to be rational and impartial
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Noun
A summary of the contents of a book, article, or speech
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“An abstract of this article has been recently published online.”
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A figure intended to represent an abstract quality
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“Philosophically speaking, a judge without an equipage might be the very abstract of piety or of uprightness.”
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A short passage taken from a text, film, or piece of music
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Writings published on a particular subject, typically academic in nature
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To take away from
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“Intakes of this type are designed to abstract a large proportion of the water available.”
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To make a written summary of (an article or book)
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“You'll need to abstract the published articles into a concise synopsis.”
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(abstract something from) To consider abstractly or theoretically
“Aristotle held that mathematicians abstract the notions of quantity and dimension from the sensibly given.”
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To divert one's mind or attention (to something else)
“His personal problems would abstract him persistently throughout the day.”
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(euphemistic) To steal or remove without permission
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“In his pockets were all that he had been able to abstract from the apartment.”
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Select a quotation
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To represent in a particular style
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To take one thing from another
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To leave or withdraw from a commitment or responsibility
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To dismiss from a job
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