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abstract thinking n.
Thinking characterized by the ability to use concepts and to make and understand generalizations, such as of the properties or pattern shared by a variety of specific items or events.

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  • Charles Orsino was not good at arguments or indeed at any abstract thinking.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • (i) abstract thinking, it should be noted, represents an end, not the end.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • Keats, on the other hand, had a mind constitutionally unapt for abstract thinking.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • His life had been an abstract thinking and dreaming, idealistic, passed amid the ghosts of defunct bodies and of unborn ones.

    The Life of John Sterling Thomas Carlyle
  • We do our abstract thinking in the main through the help of Greek and Latin derivatives.

  • But it would be difficult to teach them arithmetic, or combination of ideas or abstract thinking of any kind.

  • They were not enfeebled by sthetic culture, paralyzed by abstract thinking, or hardened by professional training.

  • But something more is needed to give distinctness to the ideas of pupils, and to prepare the way for future abstract thinking.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart

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