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Topic: VISUAL

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of abstrahere, from abs- 'away' + trahere 'to pull'

abstract

1 adjective
     
ab‧stract1
1 based on general ideas or principles rather than specific examples or real events [= theoretical]
abstract idea/concept
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).
2 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
3AV abstract paintings, designs etc consist of shapes and patterns that do not look like real people or things
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