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abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Some regard love as but an abstract idea, as it is impossible to define what makes love real.
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abstract something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. (Formal.) The officer was found guilty of abstracting a rather large amount of money from the company.
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abstract something from something

to take the important information from a longer document; to extract the essentials or the gist from a piece of complicated writing. Can you abstract a shorter article from this material?
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in the abstract

In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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Sovner listed in 1986 four non-specific factors associated with mental retardation that influence the diagnostic process: intellectual distortion, the effects of the mentally retarded person's diminished ability to think abstractly and communicate independently; psychosocial masking, the effect of disabilities on the content of psychiatric symptoms; cognitive disintegration, the tendency of mentally retarded people to become disorganized under emotional stress; and baseline exaggeration, the fact that during a period of emotional stress, deficits in maladaptive behavior may significantly increase in severity.
His remarks will reflect his belief that the answers to the world's biggest problems lie in the hands of those who bring together diverse experiences, knowledge and opportunities; and the ability to see the big picture by thinking abstractly.
A concept album, The Pink Hotel exposes inevitable evils in life and abstractly details a dystopia-ridden paradise.
The formal title of the meeting abstractly mentions "Current risks and threats for national security" and state institutions' readiness to meet them.
This concept is expressed abstractly as a group of Byzantine generals, who, communicating only by messenger, must overcome their geographic separation and the traitors among them in order to make a unanimous decision about whether to attack an enemy army.
Instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking outside of one's comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment like a cafe may actually trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas," he stated.
Director and head of debt capital markets at HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited Fahad Al-Saif said the GACA sukuk issuance has abstractly set the latest risk-free rate for the Saudi Arabian markets.
In depicting the departure of Sarkozy's wife, Cecilia, the film had to deal with "the close links between private and public life, which is crucial and essential for the story and which the film could not deal with abstractly.
Drawing is certainly back, with Richard Monahan's creepy, distorted angel monsters with their tiny bodies and wings cut and pasted disarmingly on to demure wallpaper and, more abstractly, Stephanie Tuckwell, who takes her drawn line for a convoluted walk resulting in a swirling contour map.
The primary themes that emerge from the essays, he notes in the introduction, are the connections between liberty, rights, and the rule of law; the historical rootedness of abstractly formulated accounts of rights and the importance of identifying narratives of liberty for each culture; the independent (non-materialist) role of ideas; the challenges of implementing libertarian proposals for reform and improvement; and the importance of action.
The other works in "Installations" invoke it abstractly, with disorienting environments that simulate the alienating effect of socialism's aggressively monumental architecture.
Additionally a 30'-0" wide swath of the ceiling down the center of the store is shrouded with a custom backlit fabric imprinted with a leaf pattern (which abstractly simulates the forest canopy over head).
Despite such anarchic ambitions, however, as proven by this building, Llinas still manages to develop buildings that sit comfortably as unified wholes; eccentrically planned--yet centred; abstractly disfigured--yet compositionally balanced, the Jaume Fuster Library serves as a delightful summary of Llinas' recently pronounced architectural obligations.
Her stock in trade is sky, trees and grassland, arranged into abstractly pleasing patterns.
Evennett, whose work is described by O'Malley as the "first serious attempt at a general understanding of the subject ever made by an English historian" (74), sought to discuss what Jedin abstractly postulated when he defined "Catholic Reform" as the soul of the Catholic side.