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Definition of abstraction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//æb‑//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (formal) a general idea not based on any particular real person, thing, or situation; the quality of being abstract
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the state of thinking deeply about something and not paying attention to what is around you She was gazing in abstraction at the far corner of the room.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (technology) the action of removing something from something else; the process of being removed from something else water abstraction from rivers
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