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English definition of “abstract”


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

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