I am writing a text in which I am discussing that teaching "facts" is not sufficient since they are abstract and the idea behind them is more important. I need an antonym for the word "abstract" to be able to further develop my point of view.

For example, if I say: "The concepts and the ideas behind every physics formula are "the antonym of abstract"."

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    Could you supply an example sentence, please, or more about your proposed use? – Brian Hooper Dec 9 '15 at 14:52
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    The common term is concrete. – Dan Bron Dec 9 '15 at 14:57
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    Downvoted for failing to simply Google "synonym abstract" and consult one of the 6-8 online thesauri that would find for you. – Hot Licks Dec 9 '15 at 17:03
  • Antonyms like concrete or specific immediately jump to mind, and can be looked up in a thesaurus of your liking. However, the elephant in the room is that the sentence is horrible nonsense to begin with. All concepts and ideas are abstract by definition. Toss away, rewrite from scratch. – RegDwigнt Dec 10 '15 at 13:57

How about concrete?

Defined in Mirriam Webster as:

characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

In the software development world, we often use "concrete" as the opposite of "abstract".


You might want to try tangible, or palpable.


1.readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.;obvious; evident:

2.capable of being touched or felt; tangible.


1.capable of being touched; discernible by thetouch; material or substantial.

2.real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary:


"His happiness was palpable, it could be felt emanating from him."

"Their love was almost tangible, and nobody could deny its existence."


  • In fact, I have another point to ask: The facts are subjective or objective? I mean the fact itself should be more objective and the ideas behind are more subjective. That is making my explanation tough. – user2326844 Dec 9 '15 at 15:03
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    Facts are objective, opinions are subjective, but consider posting a separate question about it. – Academiphile Dec 9 '15 at 15:06
  • Whereas palpable or tangible can be antonyms of abstract, they can't be applied to concepts or ideas – ardila Dec 9 '15 at 17:08

antonyms are actual, concrete, material

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