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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
  • It was so beautiful in its form, it was so ashy pale, it was so fixed in its abstraction, it was so full of a wild, sleep-walking, dreamy horror of I don’t know what.
  • ’I beg your pardon, miss,’ he said, awakening from his abstraction, ’but, however submissive to you, I have my position, though a servant.

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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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as in: read the abstract Define
a summary; or to summarize -- especially academic writing
  • That didn’t answer very well; and then I began to state cases for them, and make abstracts, and that sort of work.

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  • The abstract is free, but there is a fee to see the entire article.
  • A statistical abstract is published each year.

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unspecified meaning
  • He had that kind of shallow black eye — I want a better word to express an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into — which, when it is abstracted, seems from some peculiarity of light to be disfigured, for a moment at a time, by a cast.
  • It was occasioned, I suppose, by the reverend nature of respectability in the abstract, but I felt particularly young in this man’s presence.

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  • These were few enough, to be sure; but as we always fell back upon Blood, she had as wide a field for abstract speculation as her nephew himself.
  • That he laid his other hand upon the Doctor’s arm, causing him to look up with an abstracted air.
  • A difference of opinion had arisen between herself and Mrs. Crupp, on an abstract question (the propriety of chambers being inhabited by the gentler sex); and my aunt, utterly indifferent to spasms on the part of Mrs. Crupp, had cut the dispute short, by informing that lady that she smelt of my brandy, and that she would trouble her to walk out.

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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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