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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:

    extraction, capture, removal, abduction, abstract

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How to use abstraction in a sentence?

  1. Henry 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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