One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his style of writing focuses on facts rather than abstractions’
concept, idea, notion, thought, generality, generalization, theory, theorem, formula, hypothesis, speculation, conjecture, supposition, presumption
fact, material consideration
2‘she sensed his momentary abstraction’
absent-mindedness, distraction, preoccupation, daydreaming, dreaminess, inattentiveness, inattention, wool-gathering, absence, heedlessness, obliviousness
thoughtfulness, pensiveness, musing, brooding, absorption, engrossment, raptness
3‘the abstraction of metal from ore’
extraction, removal, separation, detachment
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