1. Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract con- cept.
2. Not applied or practical; theoretical.
3. Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract philosophical problems.
4. Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or non- specific, as an idea or quality: abstract words like truth and justice.
5. Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
6. Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative con- tent or pictorial representation: abstract painting and sculp- ture.
7. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
8. Something abstract.
1. the process of deducting; subtraction.
2. something that may be deducted.
3. the act or process of deducing.
4. something that is deduced.
5.a. a process of reasoning in which a conclusion follows neces- sarily from the premises presented; inference from the general to the particular.
5.b. a conclusion reached by this process.