abstraction defined in 1939 yearabstraction - Abstraction (Lat. abs, from; trailere, to draw);
abstraction - Philosophical term for the mental process by which one or more particular qualities or characteristics of an object, such as the whiteness of snow, are separated from the rest and considered independently of the substance to which they belong. The notion thus acquired is an abstract idea (whiteness). By means of abstraction we discover what qualities are common to a number of objects, and thus arrive at concepts or general notions.
near abstraction in Knolik
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