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abstracted adj
1 taken out of or separated from; "possibility is...achievability, abstracted from achievement"- A.N.Whitehead [syn: removed]
2 lost in thought; showing preoccupation; "an absent stare"; "an absentminded professer"; "the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence" [syn: absent, absentminded, scatty]

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  • /æb'stæktıd/


  1. Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart.
    The evil abstracted stood from his own evil. - Milton
  2. Separated from matter; abstract; ideal.
  3. Abstract; abstruse; difficult.
  4. Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind.
    An abstracted scholar. - Johnson


  1. past of abstract

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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