Use the adjective abstract for something that is not a material object or is general and not based on specific examples.
Abstract is from a Latin word meaning “pulled away, detached,” and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality. It is frequently used of ideas, meaning that they don’t have a clear applicability to real life, and of art, meaning that it doesn’t pictorially represent reality. It is also used as a noun, especially in the phrase “in the abstract” (a joke has a person laying down a new sidewalk saying “I like little boys in the abstract, but not in the concrete”), and as a verb (accented on the second syllable), meaning “to remove.”
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “ abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.
The first abstract of votes polled in St. Croix county was for delegate to Congress and for county officers.
We see the advantage of viewing in the concrete what mankind regard only in the abstract.
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