noun Date: 1549 1. a. the act or process of abstracting ; the state of being abstracted b. an abstract idea or term 2. absence of mind or preoccupation 3. abstract quality or character 4. a. an abstract composition or creation in art b. abstractionismabstractional adjectiveabstractive adjective

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