Definition of "abstract" []

  • Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract concept. (adjective)
  • Not applied or practical; theoretical. See Synonyms at theoretical. (adjective)
  • Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract philosophical problems. (adjective)
  • Thought of or stated without reference to a specific instance: abstract words like truth and justice. (adjective)
  • Impersonal, as in attitude or views. (adjective)
  • Having no reference to material objects or specific examples; not concrete (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not applied or practical; theoretical (adjective)
  • Hard to understand; recondite; abstruse (adjective)
  • Denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities (adjective)
  • Defined in terms of its formal properties (adjective)
  • (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term (adjective)
  • A condensed version of a piece of writing, speech, etc; summary (noun)
  • An abstract term or idea (noun)
  • An abstract painting, sculpture, etc (noun)
  • To think of (a quality or concept) generally without reference to a specific example; regard theoretically (verb)
  • To form (a general idea) by abstraction (verb)
  • To summarize or epitomize (verb)
  • To remove or extract (verb)
  • To steal (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "abstract" in a sentence
  • "The term abstract comes from the Latin word abstractus, which literally means "drawn away"."
  • "Taking fifteen minutes to review your title abstract and history as well as the plat or a survey of the parcel and then walk the property to verify the information."
  • "The use of the word abstract is not used in a literal manner for example geometric shapes or blocks of colour."