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Synonyms for abstraction
æbˈstræk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstraction, abstract(noun)

    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

    "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"

    generalisation, generalization, abstract, abstract entity, outline, synopsis, precis, abstractedness

  2. abstraction(noun)

    the act of withdrawing or removing something

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisation(noun)

    the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

    generalisation, generalization, generality, abstract, abstract entity, stimulus generalization, induction, abstractedness, stimulus generalisation, inductive reasoning

  4. abstraction(noun)

    an abstract painting

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract

  5. abstractedness, abstraction(noun)

    preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

    generalization, abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, abstract

  6. abstraction, abstract entity(noun)

    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract


  1. abstraction(noun)

    concretization, specialization

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abstraction(n.)

    separation, disconnection, disjunction, isolation

  2. abstraction(n.)

    preoccupation, inattention, revery, musing, muse, absence, absence of mind, brown study

  3. abstraction(n.)

    taking, abduction, seizure, appropriation, stealing, purloining, pilfering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abstraction(n)

    separation, disconnection, withdrawal, inattention, absent-mindedness, preoccupation, musing, defiliation, purloining, seizure, stealing

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "abstraction":

    extraction, capture, removal, abduction, abstract

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  1. Cobb Scott:

    There have been a couple of meta-analyses done in adult samples, but this is the first one to be done specifically in adolescent and young adult samples, we looked at everything from learning and memory to different aspects of executive functioning such as abstraction ability.

  2. Cobb Scott:

    We looked at everything from learning and memory to different aspects of executive functioning such as abstraction ability, and we basically showed that the largest effects -- which was around a third of a standard deviation -- was in the learning of new information and some aspects of executive functioning, memory and speed of processing.

  3. Mark Evans:

    Botticelli fell, sank from sight for nearly 300 years. In the early 19th century he was rediscovered. The Pre-Raphaelites of course fetishised him, in the era of abstraction, Botticelli again receded into the shadows but, with pop art, he came out fighting and of course he's now one of the most celebrated global phenomena in art.

  4. Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin:

    The instinct to command others, in its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoted servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.

  5. Felix Adler:

    The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic. Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated. A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered.

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