Definition for abstract

adjective as in conceptual, theoretical

noun as in short document prepared from a longer one

verb as in take away from

verb as in prepare short document from longer one

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Example Sentences

In a pursuit whose meaning and purpose is abstract at the best of times, that’s not nothing.

“Our models can validate thousands of unseen candidates in seconds,” the study’s authors wrote in the abstract to their paper, which appears in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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It also makes it more real and concrete, rather than abstract.

The same applies in fields of biology dealing with more abstract concepts of the individual — entities that emerge as distinct patterns within larger schemes of behavior or activity.

The Ising model represents one of the simplest places in this abstract “theory space,” and so serves as a proving ground for developing novel tools for exploring uncharted territory.

These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.

Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?

To listeners, Adnan is a real human while Jay remains an abstract figure.

In the mindset of the Coexist camp, those abstract beliefs have become twisted things, wrapped up with hate.

“There will be flashbacks to that day, but I think it will be a reasonably abstract performance,” Berger said.

This work is now lost, and we know it only by the abstract given by Photius in the passage quoted.

If you are thinking of making an Abstract of a particular book, awaken the utmost interest in regard to it before you begin.

Any other work of which an Abstract is published will serve the student as well as the above.

Three things are required: To learn how to abstract; To make one, at least, such abstract; and To learn it when made.

He never made any attempt to learn the abstract science of war, and until stirred by danger his character seemed to slumber.


On this page you'll find 191 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to abstract, such as: abstruse, hypothetical, philosophical, unreal, complex, and deep.

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