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English definition of “abstract”

abstract

adjective (GENERAL)    /ˈæb.strækt/
B2 existing as an idea , feeling , or quality , not as a material object : Truth and beauty are abstract concepts .Ideas, concepts and theories describes an argument or discussion that is general and not based on particular examples : This debate is becoming too abstract - let's have some hard facts !General the abstract general ideas : I have difficulty dealing with the abstract - let's discuss particular cases . So far we've only discussed the question in the abstract (= without referring to any real examples ).Ideas, concepts and theories
(Definition of abstract adjective (GENERAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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