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 Meanings and Examples of ABSTRACTION
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
 n.  a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
Classic Sentence: (80 in 6 pages)
1  When I looked at him he had finished reading the note, and his eyes had assumed the vacant, lack-lustre expression which showed mental abstraction.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
2  Fanny was too well aware of it to have anything to say; and they walked on together some fifty yards in mutual silence and abstraction.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXV
3  Another short fit of abstraction followed, when, shaking it off, she thus attacked her companion.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVI
4  There was an abstraction in his eye, an elevation in his air, which might have warned an observant stranger that thoughts were passing in the beadle's mind, too great for utterance.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVII
5  'I beg your pardon,' said the Dodger, looking up with an air of abstraction.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIII
6  He was shy, and disposed to abstraction; but the engaging mildness of her countenance, and gentleness of her manners, soon had their effect; and Anne was well repaid the first trouble of exertion.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 11
7  The pedestrian noticed nothing just now, and a clue to her abstraction was afforded by a trivial incident.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: 6 The Figure against the Sky
8  And she seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: 7 Queen of Night
9  Besides, she was too unhappy now to pursue an abstraction.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VI
10  Meanwhile he cast agonized glances in the direction of Miss Bart, whose only response was to sink into an attitude of more graceful abstraction.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 4
11  But most humble though he was, and far from furnishing an example of the high, humane abstraction; the Pequod's carpenter was no duplicate; hence, he now comes in person on this stage.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 107. The Carpenter.
12  The patience and forbearance of Indian fortitude could alone support such an appearance of abstraction, as seemed now to have turned each dark and motionless figure into stone.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 33
13  Gatsby took an arm of each of us and moved forward into the restaurant whereupon Mr. Wolfshiem swallowed a new sentence he was starting and lapsed into a somnambulatory abstraction.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 4
14  It was so beautiful in its form, it was so ashy pale, it was so fixed in its abstraction, it was so full of a wild, sleep-walking, dreamy horror of I don't know what.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
15  I beg your pardon, miss,' he said, awakening from his abstraction, 'but, however submissive to you, I have my position, though a servant.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 46. INTELLIGENCE
Example Sentence: (18 in 2 pages)
1  It looks as if the concept of the isolated gene as a unit of selection is an idealized abstraction from reality.
2  Successive abstractions: these define the situation in terms of higher and lower levels of abstraction.
3  By the age of seven, children are capable of thinking in abstract terms.
4  It's the abstract that is called system analysis.
5  He is not in the least interested in abstract art.
6  She tried to abstract my attention from my work.
7  It's not a question of some abstract concept.
8  I have difficulty dealing with the abstract - let's discuss particular cases.
9  Physics is the best example of a science which has developed strong, abstract theories.
10  Legal questions rarely exist in the abstract; they are based on real cases.
11  Everyday life is much more interesting to me than big, abstract theories.
12  In the context of post-war uncertainty it is relatively easy to relate existentialism to abstract expressionism.
13  The research shows that pre-school children are capable of thinking in abstract terms.
14  To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
15  Certainly Shostakovich was lucky to work in a wordless abstract medium, where interpretation is strongly subjective.