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[ab-strak-shuh-niz-uh m] /æbˈstræk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
noun, Fine Arts.
the practice and theory of abstract art.
Origin of abstractionism
1905-10, for an earlier sense; abstraction + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • abstractionism of the worst sort dogs Mr. Russell in his own trials to tell positively what the word 'truth' means.

    The Meaning of Truth William James
  • It is precisely this sort of abstractionism which has vitiated so much of value theory.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for abstractionism


the theory and practice of the abstract, esp of abstract art
Derived Forms
abstractionist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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