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English definition of “abstract”

abstract

adjective   /æbˈstrækt/
relating to ideas and not real things: Truth and beauty are abstract concepts .
abstract art involves shapes and colors and not images of real things or people : abstract paintings
(Definition of abstract adjective from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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