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Abstract thinking

abstract thinking

abstract thinking n.
Thinking characterized by the ability to use concepts and to make and understand generalizations, such as of the properties or pattern shared by a variety of specific items or events.
Contemporary Examples

It also leads to a corresponding increase in risk-taking and abstract thinking.
Petraeus May Have Been Felled by His Own Brain Chemistry Chris Berdik November 16, 2012

But he was either untrained for, or simply distrusted, any form of abstract thinking.
The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 1, 2014 January 31, 2014

Historical Examples

To make good this inference, observe what abstract thinking must do.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

Charles Orsino was not good at arguments or indeed at any abstract thinking.
The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth

But it would be difficult to teach them arithmetic, or combination of ideas or abstract thinking of any kind.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917 Various

(i) abstract thinking, it should be noted, represents an end, not the end.
How We Think John Dewey

We do our abstract thinking in the main through the help of Greek and Latin derivatives.
The Unpopular Review, Number 19 Various

Keats, on the other hand, had a mind constitutionally unapt for abstract thinking.
Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin

We shall be condemned, for some time to come, to do a terrible deal of abstract thinking about each other.
Roderick Hudson Henry James

They were not enfeebled by sthetic culture, paralyzed by abstract thinking, or hardened by professional training.
Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals Thomas Davidson


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