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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

1. To take something without permission. Despite all of the company's security measures, hackers abstracted classified information from the server.
2. To extract key information from a longer document or text. I had to abstract all of the relevant information from that lengthy report and then present it to management.
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in the abstract

In a manner that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Love is something that exists in the abstract—it's very hard 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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However, people primed to think abstractly valued a career assessment tool that was accurate over a tool that was convenient (Freitas, Salovey, & Liberman, 2001).
The Pollock connection aside (and that's a big aside), the fact that she paints abstractly is totally consonant with her age.
Yet many painters continue to work abstractly with success, and the exhibition "The Spiritual Landscapes of Adrienne Farb, 1980-2006" at the College of the Holy Cross offers a survey of just such a one.
It must not be ignored, however, that such language could be helpful in the academic sphere, where the questions being debated may not be fundamental to the faith, but more abstractly theological.
A Baudrillard essay on The Spirit of Terrorism, written soon after September 11, froths away abstractly about the collapse of the Twin Towers being a fiction--'reality is a principle'.
It is possible to move forward in practice norms to address the dilemma that Eboo very well outlined in his paper, if we consider it in a community base rather than abstractly.
With the plight of Tibetans embedded in the topography of popular and mass culture in the West, the filmmakers faced an interesting challenge--how to humanize a struggle that is abstractly understood and for most of us watching the film, so far away?
Stack them up to make a multiple holder or use a couple as an alternative to a set of bookends or simply place them abstractly around the room.
Some of the potential reasons for using different combinations are more likely to occur to students when real stamps are available than when the problem is presented abstractly.
Numerous stage-set musical production numbers are interspersed throughout, neither firmly placed within the narrative nor abstractly set against it.
This is generally overlooked because when people hear the phrase "the Ten Commandments" they tend to conceive of them en bloc and rather abstractly as a set of basic moral principles that any right-thinking person would naturally endorse.
I cannot preach on baptism, whether Jesus' or ours, abstractly.
Young comes across as a Bill Frisell acolyte, abstractly floating and picking yee-haw tunes in turn.
Yet over time, said Piaget, Jacqueline's biological growth and experiences with the world would allow her to hold mental representations of objects in her mind, use deductive reasoning, see the world from another person's perspective, and think abstractly.
general intellectual ability, referring to the ability to think abstractly and to solve problems as measured by IQ tests;