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abstract noun

noun, Grammar.
1.
a noun denoting something immaterial and abstract, as rest, dread, or transportation.
2.
a noun formed with a suffix that imparts such a meaning, as kindness.
Compare concrete noun.
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  • An abstract noun is the name of a quality, a condition or an action.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • We are only too given to making an entity out of the abstract noun "consciousness."

  • But it is possible that Joy itself is not the abstract noun, but a shortened form of Julian.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • The grammatical change which accompanied this psychological movement was the transfer of the adjective into an abstract noun.

    The Religion of Numa Jesse Benedict Carter
  • An abstract noun is something we can think of but cannot feel—as a red hot poker.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • But Tashmitum, being feminine in gender, as an abstract noun, seemed appropriate as the designation of a goddess.

  • Make from each adjective and verb in this week's lesson an abstract noun by the addition of the proper suffix.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • A participle agreeing with a noun is preferred in Latin to an abstract noun with a dependent genitive.

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond
  • An abstract noun is the name denoting a quality of an object; as, power, purity, strength.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
British Dictionary definitions for abstract noun

abstract noun

noun
1.
a noun that refers to an abstract concept, as for example kindness Compare concrete noun
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