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Definition of abstract noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 an abstract work of art Kandinsky's first pure abstracts are marked by their wild color.
  2. 2 a short piece of writing containing the main ideas in a document synonym summary
  3. Idioms
    in the abstract
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    in a general way, without referring to a particular real person, thing, or situation Legal questions rarely exist in the abstract; they are based on real cases. I'm just talking in the abstract now.
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