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abstract
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Franny and Zooey
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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 was still looking abstractedly ahead of her, past his shoulder, and seemed scarcely aware of his presence.
  • She was looking over his charcoal flannel shoulder at some abstraction across the dining room.

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  • He stared abstractedly for a minute or two at the tiled wall beyond the foot of the tub, then glanced at his cigarette on the soapcatch, picked it off, and took a couple of test drags on it, but it had gone out.
  • Mrs. Glass looked over, abstractedly, at the blue bathmat, across the tiled floor.
  • Zooey was now gazing abstractedly at an old root-beer stain on the ceiling plaster, which he himself had made nineteen or twenty years earlier, with a water pistol.

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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
  • As she took in the lines and planes of his uncommonly spare unclothed back, her gaze gradually de-abstracted.
  • He stood abstracted for a moment, then became aimlessly mobile.

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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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