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Abstraction Definition

Noun: abstraction  ab'strak-shun

  1. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    "he loved her only in the abstraction--not in person";
    - abstract
  2. The act of withdrawing or removing something
  3. The process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
    - generalization, generalisation [Brit]
  4. An abstract work of art
  5. Preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
    - abstractedness
  6. A general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
    - abstract entity