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Synonyms for abstraction
æbˈstræk ʃənab·strac·tion

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  1. abstractionnoun

    concretization, specialization

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstraction, abstractnoun

    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. abstractionnoun

    the act of withdrawing or removing something

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisationnoun

    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. abstractionnoun

    an abstract painting

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract

  5. abstractedness, abstractionnoun

    preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

    generalization, abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, abstract

  6. abstraction, abstract entitynoun

    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

    abstract entity, generalisation, abstractedness, generalization, abstract

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abstractionnoun

    separation, disconnection, disjunction, isolation

  2. abstractionnoun

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

  3. abstractionnoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abstractionnoun

    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. Douglas Burton:

    The main thing that’s killing 500,000 people in Nigeria, it’s not an abstraction, abstractions do n’t kill people. People kill people. And the people who are killing people are doing it in the name of religion.

  2. 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.

  3. Dag Hammarskjöld:

    The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right -- you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves.

  4. 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.

  5. Havelock Ellis:

    Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.

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