I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin abstractus, from Latin, past participle of abstrahere to drag away, from abs-, ab- + trahere to pull, draw Date: 14th century 1. a. disassociated from any specific instance <
an abstract entity
b. difficult to understand ; abstruse <
abstract problems
c. insufficiently factual ; formal <
possessed only an abstract right
2. expressing a quality apart from an object <
the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract
3. a. dealing with a subject in its abstract aspects ; theoretical <
abstract science
b. impersonal, detached <
the abstract compassion of a surgeon — Time
4. having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content <
abstract painting
abstractly adverbabstractness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin abstractus Date: 15th century 1. a summary of points (as of a writing) usually presented in skeletal form; also something that summarizes or concentrates the essentials of a larger thing or several things 2. an abstract thing or state 3. abstraction 4a III. Date: 1542 transitive verb 1. remove, separate 2. to consider apart from application to or association with a particular instance 3. to make an abstract of ; summarize 4. to draw away the attention of 5. steal, purloin intransitive verb to make an abstraction • abstractable adjectiveabstractor or abstracter noun

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