The difference between Abstract and Formal

When used as nouns, abstract means an abridgement or summary of a longer publication, whereas formal means formalin.

When used as adjectives, abstract means derived, whereas formal means being in accord with established forms.

Abstract is also verb with the meaning: to separate.

check bellow for the other definitions of Abstract and Formal

  1. Abstract as a noun:

    An abridgement or summary of a longer publication.

  2. Abstract as a noun (medicine):

    Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of a larger item, or multiple items. Concentrated essence of a product. A powdered solid extract of a medicinal substance mixed with lactose.

  3. Abstract as a noun:

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

  4. Abstract as a noun:

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

  5. Abstract as a noun (arts):

    An abstract work of art.

  6. Abstract as a noun (real estate):

    A summary title of the key points detailing a tract of land, for ownership; abstract of title.

  1. Abstract as an adjective (obsolete):

    Derived; extracted.

  2. Abstract as an adjective (now, rare):

    Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate.

  3. Abstract as an adjective:

    Expressing a property or attribute separately of an object that is considered to be inherent to that object.

  4. Abstract as an adjective:

    Considered apart from any application to a particular object; not concrete; ideal; non-specific; general, as opposed to specific.

  5. Abstract as an adjective:

    Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize.

  6. Abstract as an adjective (archaic):


  7. Abstract as an adjective (arts):

    Pertaining to the formal aspect of art, such as the lines, colors, shapes, and the relationships among them. Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century. Absolute. Lacking a story.

  8. Abstract as an adjective:

    Insufficiently factual.

  9. Abstract as an adjective:

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

  10. Abstract as an adjective (grammar):

    As a noun, denoting an intangible as opposed to an object, place, or person.

  11. Abstract as an adjective (computing):

    Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.

  1. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To separate; to disengage.

  2. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To remove; to take away; withdraw.

  3. Abstract as a verb (transitive, euphemistic):

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

  4. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.


    "rfquotek Franklin"

  5. Abstract as a verb (transitive, obsolete):

    To extract by means of distillation.

  6. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

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

  7. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, reflexive, literally, figuratively):

    To withdraw oneself; to retire.

  8. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To draw off (interest or attention).


    "He was wholly abstracted by other objects."

  9. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, rare):

    To perform the process of abstraction.

  10. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, fine arts):

    To create abstractions.

  11. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, computing):

    To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".


    "He abstracted out the square root function."

  1. Formal as an adjective:

    Being in accord with established forms.


    "She spoke formal English, without any dialect."

  2. Formal as an adjective:



    "I'd like to make a formal complaint."

  3. Formal as an adjective:

    Relating to the form or structure of something.


    "'Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar."

  4. Formal as an adjective:

    Relating to formation.


    "The formal stage is a critical part of any child's development."

  5. Formal as an adjective:

    Ceremonial or traditional.


    "'Formal wear ''must'' be worn at my wedding!"

  6. Formal as an adjective:

    Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.


    "He's always very formal, and I wish he'd relax a bit."

  7. Formal as an adjective:

    Organized; well-structured and planned.


    "When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse."

  8. Formal as an adjective (mathematics):

    Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.


    "'Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence."

  1. Formal as a noun (uncountable):


  2. Formal as a noun:

    An evening gown.

  3. Formal as a noun:

    An event with a formal dress code.


    "Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal."

  4. Formal as a noun (programming):

    A formal parameter.