[ adjective ab-strakt, ab-strakt; noun ab-strakt; verb ab-strakt for 10–13, ab-strakt for 14 ]
/ adjective æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; noun ˈæb strækt; verb æbˈstrækt for 10–13, ˈæb strækt for 14 /



verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. abstersive,
  2. abstinence,
  3. abstinence syndrome,
  4. abstinence theory,
  5. abstr.,
  6. abstract algebra,
  7. abstract art,
  8. abstract expressionism,
  9. abstract music,
  10. abstract noun


    abstract away from, to omit from consideration.
    in the abstract, without reference to a specific object or instance; in theory: beauty in the abstract.

Origin of abstract

1400–50; late Middle English: withdrawn from worldly interests < Latin abstractus drawn off (past participle of abstrahere). See abs-, tract1

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adjective (ˈæbstrækt)

noun (ˈæbstrækt)

verb (æbˈstrækt) (tr)

Word Origin for abstract

C14: (in the sense: extracted): from Latin abstractus drawn off, removed from (something specific), from abs- ab- 1 + trahere to draw

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Word Origin and History for abstractly
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Medicine definitions for abstractly


[ ăb-străkt, ăbstrăkt′ ]


Considered apart from concrete existence.
Not applied or practical; theoretical.

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