abstractly abstractly


  • (adv) in abstract terms


  1. He treats the human body as solemnly and abstractly as an engineering problem.
  2. His life has never allowed him the luxury of talking abstractly or wishfully from a mountaintop.
  3. The first song he ever wrote, at age 11, was called Mushroom Cloud, and much of his Radiohead songbook chronicles the destruction of abstractly good things by abstractly bad things.


  • At ground zero

    Often, we perceive them abstractly: housing crisis, financial meltdown, industrial outsourcing, income inequality, political polarization. Among the people he writes about in sharp and affecting detail are a family teetering on the edge of homelessness, a tea party activist and a lawyer specializing in foreclosure cases. Dean Price, descended from generations of North Carolina tobacco farmers ...
    on June 30, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News


  1. In brief, Beinin argued that "we [American Jews] have no credibility to speak abstractly" about the conflict in a non-academic arena since American Jews do not experience it firsthand; that Israel is "an undemocratic state" which cannot...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Joel Beinin Source: Middle East Forum

  2. Borg wrote: "Put somewhat abstractly, this means dying to an old identity-the identity conferred by culture, by tradition, by parents, perhaps-and being born into a new identity-an identity centered in the Spirit of God. It means dying to an old way...
    on Feb 21, 2007 By: Marcus Borg Source: Mercury-Register

  3. "You'll see you can't teach to the test," Bush said. "It shows your ability to think abstractly, to comprehend."
    on Sep 22, 2005 By: Jeb Bush Source: St. Petersburg Times

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