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Abstraction is a process or result of generalization, removal of properties, or distancing of ideas from objects. Abstraction may also refer to:
- Abstraction (art), art unconcerned with the literal depiction of things from the visible world
- Abstraction (software engineering), a process of hiding details of implementation in programs and data
- Abstraction (linguistics), use of terms for concepts removed from the objects to which they were originally attached
- Abstraction (mathematics), a process of removing the dependence of a mathematical concept on real-world objects
- Abstraction (sociology), a process of considering sociological concepts at a more theoretical level
- Nucleophilic abstraction, a nucleophilic attack which causes part or all of a ligand to be removed from a metal
- Water abstraction, the process of taking water from any source
- Abstracting electricity, the crime of diverting electricity around an electricity meter and/or using it without paying for it
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