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abstract
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The Age of Innocence
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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
  • In this state of abstraction he found himself, the following morning, waking to the reality of a stifling September day in New York.

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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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  • Some two weeks later, Newland Archer, sitting in abstracted idleness in his private compartment of the office of Letterblair, Lamson and Low, attorneys at law, was summoned by the head of the firm.
  • Shall I say instead: on behalf of abstract justice?

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  • When he thought of Ellen Olenska it was abstractly, serenely, as one might think of some imaginary beloved in a book or a picture: she had become the composite vision of all that he had missed.

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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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