in the abstract


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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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in the abstract

In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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