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1 : voluntary forbearance especially from indulgence of an appetite or craving or from eating some foods
2 a : habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages b : abstention from sexual intercourse
— ab·sti·nent \-nənt\ adjective
— ab·sti·nent·ly adverb
He abstained from eating meat when he became a vegetarian.
1 a : disassociated from any specific instance <an abstract entity> b : difficult to understand : abstruse <abstract problems> c : insufficiently factual : formal <possessed only an abstract right>
2 : expressing a quality apart from an object <the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract>
3 a : dealing with a subject in its abstract aspects : theoretical <abstract science> b : impersonal, detached <the abstract compassion of a surgeon — Time>
4 : having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content <abstract painting>
— ab·stract·ly \ab-ˈstrak(t)-lē, ˈab-ˌ\ adverb
— ab·stract·ness \ab-ˈstrak(t)-nəs, ˈab-ˌ\ noun
Kandinsky and Mondrian were two of the early abstract artists.
(Definitions taken from Merriam-Webster online dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/)
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