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Let us waste no time in discussions about abstract law and right.

St. Anselm proved the existence of God by the most abstract arguments.

Speculative or theoretic knowledge is divided into abstract and concrete.

Thus, physiology is an abstract science; but zoology is concrete.

This is not the fault of Columbus, albeit we only have an abstract of his journal.

If we say 'Not pleasure, not virtue, not wisdom, nor yet any quality which we can abstract from these'—what then?

Philosophy had become extravagant, eclectic, abstract, devoid of any real content.

The system of Hegel frees the mind from the dominion of abstract ideas.

We see the advantage of viewing in the concrete what mankind regard only in the abstract.

But the abstract is a vacant form to us until brought into relation with man and nature.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., originally in grammar (of nouns), from Latin abstractus "drawn away," past participle of abstrahere "to drag away; detach divert," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + trahere "draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Meaning "withdrawn or separated from material objects or practical matters" is from mid-15c. That of "difficult to understand, abstruse" is from c.1400. Specifically in reference to modern art, it dates from 1914; abstract expressionism as an American-based uninhibited approach to art exemplified by Jackson Pollack is from 1952, but the term itself had been used in the 1920s of Kandinsky and others.

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