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Does such a word that teeters, or overlaps, between abstract and concrete exist?

For instance, consider violence. It's a term that varies in meaning or definition from person to person until the type of violence is given. And while we may have different understandings of what violence is, a major portion of people recognize when violence is occurring. So terms like violence overlap between the concrete and abstract.

This is very different when it comes to terms like faith, which is almost entirely abstract.

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    Is violence "concrete"? I would have said it was conceptual. Sticks, stones, and bullets are "concrete" - but violence the idea that surrounds them. At least that's my impression. – WS2 Jan 11 '16 at 10:48
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    The supreme court wrestled with this issue in the People v. Larry Flint and the definition of "pornography," saying that they can't define it, but they know it when they see it. – Benjamin Harman Jan 11 '16 at 19:02
  • Also, you don't make it clear what you're looking for. Are you looking for a word or words that are capable of being abstract/concrete or subjective/objective? Or are you looking for a term that means those kinds of words? – Benjamin Harman Jan 11 '16 at 19:05
  • I'm making it very clear what I'm asking for. A word that describes a noun which possesses both abstract qualities and concrete qualities. – Danny Rodriguez Jan 12 '16 at 3:51
  • I'm still strugging to think of a noun that possesses both abstract and concrete qualities, let alone the generic name of the group to which it belongs! How about wind - is that both abstract and concrete? – WS2 Jan 12 '16 at 16:20
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I don't understand what exactly you are searching for. In your example of violence, the best word that can be ascribed for a term for which the definitions change from person to person is subjective. So, words like love, success, happiness, etc are subjective because there is no one standard definition for these terms.

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