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abstract

2 noun
     
abstract2 [countable]
1AVP a painting, design etc which contains shapes or images that do not look like real things or people
2TCN a short written statement containing only the most important ideas in a speech, article etc
3

in the abstract

considered in a general way rather than being based on specific details and examples:
Talking about crime in the abstract just isn't enough.

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