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Abstract vs. Practical — What's the Difference?

Abstract vs. Practical — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Abstract and Practical

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Abstract

Considered apart from concrete existence
An abstract concept.
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Practical

Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas
There are two obvious practical applications of the research
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Abstract

Not applied or practical; theoretical.
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Practical

(of an idea, plan, or method) likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible
Neither of these strategies are practical for smaller businesses
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Abstract

Difficult to understand; abstruse
Abstract philosophical problems.
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Practical

So nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual
For all practical purposes, she's his girlfriend
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Abstract

Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality
Abstract words like truth and justice.
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Practical

An examination or lesson in which theories and procedures learned are applied to the actual making or doing of something.
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Abstract

Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
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Practical

Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation
Gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.
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Abstract

Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation
Abstract painting and sculpture.
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Practical

Manifested in or involving practice
Practical applications of calculus.
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Abstract

A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
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Practical

Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful
Practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.
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Abstract

Something abstract.
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Practical

Concerned with the production or operation of something useful
Woodworking is a practical art.
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Abstract

An abstract of title.
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Practical

Having or showing good judgment; sensible
If we're practical, we can do the job quickly.
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Abstract

To take away; remove
Abstract the most important data from a set of records.
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Practical

Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual
The snowstorm was a practical disaster.
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Abstract

To remove without permission; steal
A painting that was abstracted from the museum.
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Practical

Relating to, or based on, practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis.
Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
Modern engineering applies science to practical problems.
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Abstract

To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects
Abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.
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Practical

Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.
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Abstract

(ăbstrăkt′) To write a summary of; summarize
Abstract a long article in a paragraph.
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Practical

Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
All in all, Jack's a very practical chap.
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Abstract

To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style)
"The Bauhaus Functionalists were ... busy unornamenting and abstracting modern architecture, painting and design" (John Barth).
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Practical

Of a prop: having some degree of functionality, rather than being a mere imitation.
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Abstract

An abridgement or summary of a longer publication.
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Practical

(film) Light fixtures used for set lighting and seen in the frame of a shot as part of the scenery.
Practical lighting can help sell the illusion that the film is a real situation.
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Abstract

Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of a larger item, or multiple items.
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Practical

(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
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Abstract

Concentrated essence of a product.
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Practical

(theater) A prop that has some degree of functionality, rather than being a mere imitation.
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Abstract

(medicine) A powdered solid extract of a medicinal substance mixed with lactose.
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Practical

(film) A light fixture used for set lighting and seen in the frame of a shot as part of the scenery.
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Abstract

An abstraction; an abstract term; that which is abstract.
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Practical

Laboratory experiment, test or investigation
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Abstract

The theoretical way of looking at things; something that exists only in idealized form.
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Practical

Of or pertaining to practice or action.
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Abstract

(arts) An abstract work of art.
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Practical

Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry.
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Abstract

(real estate) A summary title of the key points detailing a tract of land, for ownership; abstract of title.
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Practical

Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
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Abstract

(obsolete) Derived; extracted.
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Practical

Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
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Abstract

Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate.
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Practical

Concerned with actual use or practice;
He is a very practical person
The idea had no practical application
A practical knowledge of Japanese
Woodworking is a practical art
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Abstract

Not concrete: conceptual, ideal.
Her new film is an abstract piece, combining elements of magic realism, flashbacks, and animation but with very little in terms of plot construction.
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Practical

Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;
A hardheaded appraisal of our position
A hard-nosed labor leader
Completely practical in his approach to business
Not ideology but pragmatic politics
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Abstract

Insufficiently factual.
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Practical

Being actually such in almost every respect;
A practical failure
The once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin
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Abstract

Apart from practice or reality; vague; theoretical; impersonal; not applied.
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Practical

Having or put to a practical purpose or use;
Practical mathematics
Practical applications of calculus
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Abstract

(grammar) As a noun, denoting a concept or intangible as opposed to an object, place, or person.
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Abstract

Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize.
The politician gave a somewhat abstract answer when asked about their plans to cut spending.
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Abstract

Separately expressing a property or attribute of an object that is considered to be inherent to that object: attributive, ascriptive.
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Abstract

Pertaining comprehensively to, or representing, a class or group of objects, as opposed to any specific object; considered apart from any application to a particular object: general, generic, nonspecific; representational.
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Abstract

(archaic) Absent-minded.
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Abstract

(arts) Pertaining to the formal aspect of art, such as the lines, colors, shapes, and the relationships among them.
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Abstract

Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century.
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Abstract

(music) Absolute.
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Abstract

(dance) Lacking a story.
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Abstract

Being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.
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Abstract

(transitive) To separate; to disengage.
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Abstract

(transitive) To remove; to take away; withdraw.
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Abstract

To steal; to take away; to remove without permission.
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Abstract

(transitive) To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.
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Abstract

To conceptualize an ideal subgroup by means of the generalization of an attribute, as follows: by apprehending an attribute inherent to one individual, then separating that attribute and contemplating it by itself, then conceiving of that attribute as a general quality, then despecifying that conceived quality with respect to several or many individuals, and by then ideating a group composed of those individuals perceived to possess said quality.
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Abstract

To extract by means of distillation.
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Abstract

(transitive) To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself; to consider theoretically; to look at as a general quality.
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Abstract

To withdraw oneself; to retire.
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Abstract

(transitive) To draw off (interest or attention).
He was wholly abstracted by other objects.
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Abstract

To perform the process of abstraction.
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Abstract

To create abstractions.
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Abstract

To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".
He abstracted out the square root function.
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Abstract

Withdraw; separate.
The more abstract . . . we are from the body.
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Abstract

Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
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Abstract

Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
A concrete name is a name which stands for a thing; an abstract name which stands for an attribute of a thing. A practice has grown up in more modern times, which, if not introduced by Locke, has gained currency from his example, of applying the expression "abstract name" to all names which are the result of abstraction and generalization, and consequently to all general names, instead of confining it to the names of attributes.
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Abstract

Abstracted; absent in mind.
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Abstract

To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
He was incapable of forming any opinion or resolution abstracted from his own prejudices.
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Abstract

To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
The young stranger had been abstracted and silent.
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Abstract

To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
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Abstract

To epitomize; to abridge.
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Abstract

To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
Von Rosen had quietly abstracted the bearing-reins from the harness.
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Abstract

To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
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Abstract

To perform the process of abstraction.
I own myself able to abstract in one sense.
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Abstract

That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
An abstract of every treatise he had read.
Man, the abstractOf all perfection, which the workmanshipOf Heaven hath modeled.
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Abstract

A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
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Abstract

An abstract term.
The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety."
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Abstract

A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
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Abstract

A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance;
He loved her only in the abstract--not in person
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Abstract

A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
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Abstract

Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
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Abstract

Make off with belongings of others
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Abstract

Consider apart from a particular case or instance;
Let's abstract away from this particular example
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Abstract

Give an abstract (of)
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Abstract

Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment;
Abstract words like `truth' and `justice'
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Abstract

Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature;
A large abstract painting
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Abstract

Based on specialized theory;
A theoretical analysis
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Abstract

Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention;
Abstract reasoning
Abstract science
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