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as in: abstract thought Define
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance or more rarely: describing someone as distracted -- thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
  • "I thought you were capable of development," said Hippolyte, coming out of his fit of abstraction.

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  • We all agree that we want what’s "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
  • She struggles with abstract reasoning.

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unspecified meaning
  • Before the prince’s arrival she had spent some time on the terrace, listening eagerly to the conversation, though the visitors, mostly under the influence of wine, were discussing abstract subjects far beyond her comprehension.
  • Abstract love of humanity is nearly always love of self.

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  • Aglaya loved like a woman, like a human being, not like an abstract spirit.

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as in: abstract thought Define
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance or more rarely: describing someone as distracted -- thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
as in: read the abstract Define
a summary; or to summarize -- especially academic writing
as in: abstract art Define
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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