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Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being abstracted; abstract character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being abstracted; abstractness: as, “the abstractedness of these speculations,” Hume, Human Understanding, § 1.

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

  • n. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

Etymologies

abstracted +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Both Dessners have been at pains to explain the non-linear abstractedness of the work in recent interviews.

    The Long Count – review

  • What I do begrudge is the abstractedness from human vulnerability of Bush's so-called warrior intellectuals, who have conceptualized a first strike

    Facing nuclear war

  • Your abstractedness, child, (affectation of abstractedness, some call it,) savours, let me tell you, of greater particularity, than we aim to carry.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Holding the glass in one hand, he walked around the little apartment, checking everything with a sort of automatic abstractedness.

    Anything You Can Do ...

  • Martha and insisted on the duty of heavenly abstractedness, how much of his own leisure for spiritual contemplation was due to the Martha-like talents of his hostess.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 18, April, 1859

  • Raymond looked at these objects of interest -- and at several others -- with some degree of abstractedness.

    On the Stairs

  • -- Alonzo was, in some degree, aroused from his abstractedness; -- the manners of the stranger pleased him.

    Alonzo and Melissa The Unfeeling Father

  • But Mrs. Fisher's very abstractedness – and she seemed to be absorbed chiefly in the interesting people she used to know and in their memorial photographs, and quite a good part of the interview was taken up by reminiscent anecdote of Carlyle, Meredith, Matthew Arnold, Tennyson, and a host of others – her very abstractedness was a recommendation.

    The Enchanted April

  • They entered this state of abstractedness unconsciously.

    The Silence: What It Is and How To Use It

  • This evening Vautrin had noticed Eugène’s abstractedness, and stayed in the room, though he had seemed to be in a hurry to finish his dinner and go.

    Paras. 800–899

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