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English noun: abstraction

1. abstraction (cognition) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

SamplesHe loved her only in the abstract--not in person.


Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct

Narrower (hyponym)absolute, right, teacher, thing

2. abstraction (act) the act of withdrawing or removing something

Broader (hypernym)remotion, removal

3. abstraction (cognition) the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

Synonymsgeneralisation, generalization

Broader (hypernym)theorisation, theorization

4. abstraction (artifact) an abstract painting

Broader (hypernym)painting, picture

5. abstraction (cognition) preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else


Broader (hypernym)absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy, preoccupation

Narrower (hyponym)reverie, revery

6. abstraction a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

Synonymsabstract entity

Broader (hypernym)entity

Narrower (hyponym)amount, attribute, communication, group, grouping, measure, otherworld, psychological feature, quantity, relation, set

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