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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
  • She hurried to Uncle Whittier’s store for a package of corn-flakes, she abstractedly listened to Uncle Whittier’s denunciation of Martin Mahoney for asserting that the wind last Tuesday had been south and not southwest, she came back along streets that held no surprises nor the startling faces of strangers.

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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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  • Nat Hicks, Ella Stowbody, and Dave Dyer were abstracted, fingers and lips slightly moving.
  • His step on the stairs; his quiet moving about the frigid room while he dressed; his abstracted and meaningless cough.

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  • When he was not affectionately coercing people into buying things they did not need, he stood at the back of the store, glowing, abstracted, feeling masculine as he recalled the tempestuous surprises of love revealed by Vida.

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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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