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Definition of abstract adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    abstract

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//əbˈstrækt//
     
    , NAmE//æb‑//
     
    , NAmE//ˈæbstrækt//
     
     
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  1. 1 based on general ideas and not on any particular real person, thing, or situation abstract knowledge/principles The research shows that preschool children are capable of thinking in abstract terms. compare concrete
  2. 2 existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical reality We may talk of beautiful things, but beauty itself is abstract.
  3. 3 (of art) not representing people or things in a realistic way, but expressing the artist's ideas about them the work of abstract expressionists like Mark Rothko compare figurative (2), representational
  4.  abstractly adverb
     
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: abstract