|Origin:||, past participle of abstrahere, from abs- 'away' + trahere 'to pull'|
based on general ideas or principles rather than specific examples or real events [= theoretical]
the ability to translate abstract ideas into words
By the age of seven, children are capable of thinking in abstract terms.
Human beings are the only creatures capable of abstract thought (=thinking about ideas).
existing only as an idea or quality rather than as something real that you can see or touch [≠ concrete]:
the abstract nature of beauty
abstract paintings, designs etc consist of shapes and patterns that do not look like real people or things