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1. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
2. Philosophy (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc.



a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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Thus, informed by psychological distance theory and CLT, we conducted three studies to examine if event abstractness and social distance have a joint influence on self-other risk perception differences.
9) On the contrary, Wai Chee Dimock has argued that its abstractness and "minimal semantic content" are exactly what suits math for poetic expression.
The data were analyzed using the general linear model in IBM SPSS software for the dependent variables of Fluency, Originality, Abstractness of Titles, Elaboration, and Resistance to Closure.
Is 'distinctness,' by which is intended a kind of abstractness, a defining feature of mathematics?
Scientists from Dartmouth College in the US tested the basic question would processing the same information on a digital versus non-digital platform affect construal levels the fundamental level of concreteness versus abstractness that people use in perceiving and interpreting behaviours, events and other informational stimuli, this was reported by a private news channel quoting the study.
dances around the inherent abstractness of software.
Finally, the framework depicts a separation of concrete (familiar and substituted) and digital objects as digital objects add an additional level of abstractness to the use of materials at the Enactive stage.
82) The following contributions bring to light the dilemma of abstractness and lack of a precise definition of certain notions in the provisions of the Rome Statute, for instance, the silence of the latter on providing a clear definition of the relationship between admissibility and the notions of "situation" and "case.
Creativity was operationalized using the Torrance Figural Tests of Creative Thinking (Torrance, 1998, 2008) scored for each of the five dimensions of creativity (Fluency, Originality, Elaboration, Abstractness of Titles and Resistance to Closure), the sum of 13 Creative Strengths that measure characteristics of creative personality, and the Creative Index, which combines the five dimensions and the Creative Strengths score.
Currently sharing this level is an exhibition of classical sculptures by Isabelo Tampinco in order to provide something different for those yearning for something more than the abstractness of his works.
This information can be deadening in its abstractness.
The Fierce Urgency of Now tempers the potential abstractness of its ethical propositions with an awareness of the real world's tangible problems and an eye to showing the problems generated by alternatives to their communal model.