Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Removed or separated from something else.
  • adjective Not engaged with what is going on around one; withdrawn or preoccupied.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Refined; exalted: as, “abstracted spiritual love,” Donne.
  • Difficult; abstruse; abstract. Johnson.
  • Absent in mind; absorbed; inattentive to immediate surroundings.
  • Synonyms Absent, Inattentive, Abstracted, etc. See absent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart.
  • adjective obsolete Separated from matter; abstract; ideal.
  • adjective obsolete Abstract; abstruse; difficult.
  • adjective Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of abstract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lost in thought; showing preoccupation

Etymologies

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abstract +‎ -ed

Examples

  • What caused credit to freeze as the TED spread (which should be about 50) went up to nearly 300 last fall, and is still hovering near 100, is the leveraged speculation that pervaded every form of financial transaction — ALL of it abstracted from the actual production of stuff … like houses, which have a value in themselves.

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  • The Beautiful Soul represents Hegel's attempt to convey the mode of consciousness of those human beings full of great individual goodness and purity, yet cut off and abstracted from the world of which they are a part.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • We have, through the long and complicated processes of teleological argument, abstracted from a class called God, which was assumed to be multiply instantiable in objects called gods, to another class, also called God, which is assumed to be only singularly instantiable.

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  • Obviously the flock herd manager will be abstracted from the response Llama team, leaving it shortstaffed and alllowoing the FLM to say “not my remit”.

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  • We have, through the long and complicated processes of teleological argument, abstracted from a class called God, which was assumed to be multiply instantiable in objects called gods, to another class, also called God, which is assumed to be only singularly instantiable.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART FOUR

  • Now these records are coming to the Internet, albeit in abstracted form, through Information Wanted, a website of the Boston College Irish Studies Program.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • In his later work, in which he dealt with the same period at greater length, the account which he had abstracted from a Greek source, probably Nicholas of Damascus, is corrected by the Jewish work.

    Josephus

  • The little court-jester had seen the witticisms especially reserved for such wearying weather, received in abstracted silence.

    The Golden Apple Tree

  • Then put as a second point on your note-book the fact that at least 500,000 men and women are abstracted or will be abstracted from the beneficent productive work of Canada in making supplies, equipments, doing subsidiary services of a thousand different kinds, all to aid the processes of destruction and demolition which are being carried on by the advanced 500,000 men.

    Trade Preparations for Coming Peace

  • There are factors which are being abstracted from the fertile soil of this country which it will take generations to replace, the loss of which we cannot but deplore, and the loss of which it will take long to make up.

    Trade Preparations for Coming Peace

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