abstraction

[ ab-strak-shuh n ]
/ æbˈstræk ʃən /

noun

Origin of abstraction

1540–50; < Late Latin abstractiōn- (stem of abstractiō) separation. See abstract, -ion
Related formsab·strac·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abstraction

abstraction

/ (æbˈstrækʃən) /

noun

absence of mind; preoccupation
the process of formulating generalized ideas or concepts by extracting common qualities from specific examples
an idea or concept formulated in this waygood and evil are abstractions
logic an operator that forms a class name or predicate from any given expressionSee also lambda calculus
an abstract painting, sculpture, etc
the act of withdrawing or removing
Derived Formsabstractive, adjectiveabstractively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for abstraction

abstraction


n.

c.1400, "withdrawal from worldly affairs, asceticism," from Old French abstraction (14c.), from Latin abstractionem (nominative abstractio), noun of action from past participle stem of abstrahere (see abstract (adj.)). Meaning "idea of something that has no actual existence" is from 1640s.

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Medicine definitions for abstraction

abstraction

[ ăb-străkshən, əb- ]

n.

Distillation or separation of the volatile constituents of a substance.
Exclusive mental concentration; absent-mindedness.
A malocclusion in which the teeth or associated structures are lower than their normal occlusal plane.
The selection of a certain aspect of a concept from the whole.
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