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abstract number

noun, Mathematics.
a number that does not designate the quantity of any particular kind of thing.
Origin of abstract number
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And T must be, not a sum of concrete goods, but a sum of abstract numbers, and so itself an abstract number.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

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