ab·strac·tion (ăb-străkshən, əb-)
a. The act of abstracting or the state of having been abstracted.
b. An abstract concept, idea, or term.
c. An abstract quality.
2. Preoccupation; absent-mindedness.
3. An abstract work of art.
ab·straction·al, ab·stractive adj.
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