Definition of abstraction


  • a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person". Synonyms: abstract.
  • the act of withdrawing or removing something.
  • the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances. Synonyms: generalisation, generalization.
  • an abstract painting.
  • preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else. Synonyms: abstractedness.
  • a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples. Synonyms: abstract entity.

Related words

absolute, amount, attribute, communication, group, grouping, measure, otherworld, quantity, relation, reverie, revery, right, set, teacher, thing.

Rhymes with abstraction

action, attraction, contraction, diffraction, dissatisfaction, distraction, exaction, extraction, faction, fraction, inaction, infraction, interaction, interaction, liquefaction, reaction, retraction, satisfaction, satisfaction, subtraction.

Start with abstraction

abstractionism, abstractionist, abstractionists, abstractionisms, abstractions, abstractional.

End with abstraction


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  • abstraction is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 15 points
  • abstraction is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 15 points
  • abstraction is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 18 points
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