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abstraction

ab·strac·tion

abstraction

 
 
pronunciation:
aeb straek shn
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of removing or separating.
Digestion involves the abstraction of nutrients from food.The writer was not happy about her editor's abstraction of her second paragraph.
definition 2: an abstract or general idea, concept, or term.
Killing the enemy had been acceptable to him as an abstraction, but in the field of battle, he found himself unable to do so.The concept of love is an abstraction.
definition 3: preoccupation.
Her father's abstraction made him difficult to converse with in his later years.
similar words:
distraction, preoccupation
definition 4: an impractical, unrealistic notion.
The idea of a machine that could fly was a mere abstraction in those days.
similar words:
notion
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