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  • His abstractions could account for any group and demand at any given time.
  • Her forms are often abstractions of human forms and of elements in nature.
  • But such abstractions do not touch what makes the difference between one man and another. Cited from Political Ideals, Bertrand Russell
  • More is left out of our abstractions at each level than was there at the previous level.
  • There are cases in which we cannot take up with names and abstractions. Cited from Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12), by Burke
  • The whole education that we get for our children in school is entirely in terms of abstractions.
  • In what corner of the great realm of abstractions do you make your home? Cited from Punch, Vol. 101, October 31, 1891, ed. by Sir Francis Burnand
  • As long as he stuck to high order abstractions, he could control himself. Cited from Hunter Patrol, by Henry Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • Subsequently, at the law school, they learn something about legal abstractions, or else learn nothing. Cited from The Ancient Regime, by Hippolyte A. Taine OCFV1
  • Abstractions grow together and again become concrete in a new and higher sense. Cited from Sophist, by Plato [More of Socrates]
  • Why force abstractions and kill the reality, when there's no need? Cited from Fantasia of the Unconscious, by D. H. Lawrence
  • The work on problem abstractions within knowledge engineering can therefore provide a basis for research in software engineering.
  • He could find no place for it in his twilight world of abstractions. Cited from Old Calabria, by Norman Douglas
  • With our children, the study of words and abstractions alone may, in its degree, produce the same results. Cited from Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches,David Starr Jordan
  • The two abstractions by means of which he attempts to express this new theory are matter and memory. Cited from The Misuse of Mind, by Karin Stephen
  • She is best known for her works often described as 'spiritual abstractions'.
  • They cannot master abstractions, but they can often be made efficient workers, able to look out for themselves. Cited from The Measurement of Intelligence, by Lewis Madison Terman
  • Full of his grand abstractions, he asks for nothing even of the gods. Cited from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 376, February 1847, Vol. 61
  • Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships.
  • The things we need most for immediate practical purposes are all abstractions. Cited from Heretics, by G. K. Chesterton
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Root form of abstractions is abstraction for the noun.

Meaning of abstractions

  • noun A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    he loved her only in the abstract--not in person
  • noun The act of withdrawing or removing something
  • noun The process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  • noun An abstract painting
  • noun A general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples