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abstraction

noun
     
ab‧strac‧tion
1 [countable] a general idea about a type of situation, thing, or person rather than a specific example from real life:
He's always talking in abstractions.
2 [uncountable] when you do not notice what is happening around you because you are thinking carefully about something else:
She rocked the baby gently, gazing in abstraction at the flickering fire.
3 [uncountable] the use of shapes and patterns that do not look like real things

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