Definition of abstract noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæbstrækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbstrækt//
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  1. 1an abstract work of art Kandinsky’s first pure abstracts are marked by their wild colour.
  2. 2a short piece of writing containing the main ideas in a document synonym summary Abstracts of about 300 words should be submittted to the conference committee who will decide which papers to accept. This information is supplementary to the abstract of accounts.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin abstractus, literally ‘drawn away’, past participle of abstrahere, from ab- ‘from’ + trahere ‘draw off’.Idioms 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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