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abstraction (conception)

Definition:

a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Related to:

abstract

Plural:

abstractions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

absolute | right | teacher | thing

Synonyms:

abstract

Etymology:

late Middle English: from Latin abstractio(n-), from the verb abstrahere "draw...
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Wikipedia:

Abstraction

a process by which concepts are derived from the usage and classification of literal concepts, first principles, or other methods. "An abstraction" is the product of this process - a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate ... (40 of 2842 words, 2 images)

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Abstraction (disambiguation)

a process or result of generalization, removal of properties, or distancing of ideas from objects. This may refer in particular ... | Hardware abstraction, an abstraction layer on top of hardware | Abstraction (linguistics) | Abstraction (mathematics),... (34 of 189 words, 10 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

abstraction | preoccupation [synonym, sense-specific] | abstractive [adjective, derived]

absence of mind; preoccupation | the process of formulating generalized ideas or concepts by extracting common qualities from specific examples | an ... (20 of 522 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural] | specialization [antonym, sense-specific] | concretization [antonym, sense-specific] | withdrawal [synonym, sense-specific] | purloining [synonym, sense-specific]

The act of abstracting, separating, withdrawing, or taking away; withdrawal; the state of being taken away. (euphemistic) The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining. | [engineering] Removal of water from a ... (37 of 359 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

abstraction [cognitive process]

the cognitive process of isolating, or "abstracting," a common feature or relationship observed in a number of things, or the product of such a ... (24 of 268 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

abstraction

the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events | something which exists only as an idea | freedom from representational qualities in art | an ... (23 of 166 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

abstraction | abstractionism [synonym, sense-specific] | idea [synonym, sense-specific] | cogitation [synonym, sense-specific] | concept [synonym, sense-specific] | conception [synonym, sense-specific] | image [synonym, sense-specific] | impression [synonym, sense-specific] | intellection [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the act or process of abstracting; the state of being abstracted ; an abstract idea or term | absence of mind or preoccupation | abstract quality or ... (25 of 158 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

abstraction

an abstract or general idea or term. | the act of considering something as a general quality or characteristic, apart from concrete realities, ... (22 of 101 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

abstraction

an abstracting or being abstracted; removal | formation of an idea, as of the qualities or properties of a thing, by mental separation from particular ... (24 of 76 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

[countable/uncountable] an idea or way of thinking that is not related to real situations or practical experiences | [uncountable, formal] an ... (20 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractional [adjective, related] | abstractive [adjective, related]

The act of abstracting or the state of having been abstracted. | An abstract concept, idea, or term. | An abstract quality. | Preoccupation; ... (21 of 34 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

abstraction [formal]

when a subject is very general and not based on real situations (12 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

a generalized idea or theory developed from concrete examples of events | the formation of general ideas or concepts from concrete examples | a state ... (23 of 116 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

abstraction

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin abstractio(n-), from the verb abstrahere "draw away" (see "abstract")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/abstraction

abstract | abstract something from | abstract oneself

Origin: Middle English: from Latin abstractus, literally "drawn away", past participle of abstrahere, from ab- "from" + trahere "draw off"

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New World Dictionary:

abstraction

Origin: Middle English abstraccioun from Late Latin abstractio: see "abstract"

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abstract

Origin: Latin abstractus, past participle of abstrahere, to draw from, separate from abs-, from + trahere, to "draw"

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Online Etymology:

abstract

First use: 1540s | late 14th century | mid-15th century

Origin: [adjective] from Latin abstractus "drawn away", past participle of ... | [noun] from "abstract" (adjective). The general sense of "a smaller ... (26 of 211 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

abstract | abstracts [plural] | abstracted [past tense] | abstracting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin abstractus, perfect passive participle of abstrahō ("draw away"), formed from abs- ("away") + trahō ("to pull, draw"). | First attested in 1542. Partly from English abstract (adjective... (30 of 41 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

abstract | abstracted [past tense] | abstracting [present participle] | abstracts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin abstractus, past participle of abstrahere, to draw away: abs-, ab-, away; see "ab-" [entry 1] + trahere, to draw.

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Collins Dictionary:

abstract

First use: 14th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/abstract

Merriam-Webster:

abstract [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Medieval Latin abstractus, from Latin, past participle of abstrahere to drag away, from abs-, ab- + trahere to pull, draw

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/abstract

abstract [entry 2, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin abstractus (see abstract)

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Encarta Dictionary:

abstract | abstracts [plural] | abstracted [past tense] | abstracting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin abstractus, past participle of abstrahere "drag away" from trahere "drag"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583123​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

abstraction

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abstract

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

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abstract

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abstract [transitive, formal, verb] | abstracted [past tense] | abstracting [present participle] | abstracts [3rd-person singular present]

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abstract [countable, noun] | abstracts [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

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abstract [countable, noun] | abstracts [plural]

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abstract

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Cambridge Dictionary:

abstraction [formal]

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abstract [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

abstraction

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abstract

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Google Dictionary:

abstraction | abstractions [plural]

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abstract | abstracts [plural] | abstracted [past tense] | abstracting [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

abstraction

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abstract

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abstract

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abstract

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YourDictionary Audio:

abstraction

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abstract

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freedictionary.org:

abstraction

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