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abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Some regard love as but an abstract idea, as it is impossible to define what makes love real.
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abstract (something) from

1. To take something without permission. Despite all of the company's security measures, hackers abstracted classified information from the server.
2. To extract key information from a longer document or text. I had to abstract all of the relevant information from that lengthy report and then present it to management.
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abstract something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. (Formal.) The officer was found guilty of abstracting a rather large amount of money from the company.
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abstract something from something

to take the important information from a longer document; to extract the essentials or the gist from a piece of complicated writing. Can you abstract a shorter article from this material?
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in the abstract

In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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Presenters will be notified by June 2 if their abstract has been accepted.
A pictorial approach to interreligious dialogue underscores the possibility for abstract forms to express fundamental religious truths.
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Reading an abstract has never been a substitute for reading the article: crucial details of the study.
The current abstract rating process is flawed for methodological reasons.
Abstracts submitted must be of the author's own completed work or work in progress and may or may not have been presented previously at the local or regional level.
The recent International Conference on AIDS in Toronto released 9979 abstracts of research and other AIDS presentations one day before the conference began.
Ramon Ramirez, a graphic illustrator who uses Hispanic themes, abstract views and works similar to that of Czech art nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Dornoch Abstract will be crucial to our activities moving forward," said Fishman, who founded Dornoch Holdings and Dornoch Abstract with Frank Macios, managing director.
In Caracciolo's more-or-less completely abstract drawings, instinct is alive and well, while in those that suggest landscape it becomes self-contained and civilized and in the sculptures diffuses into melancholic atmosphere alleviated by beatific moments of light.
Abstracts not chosen for presentation may still be published by ACPE.
Abstracts must have a descriptive title, complete listing of abstract authors also indicating presenter(s), and name(s) of organization(s) of author(s).
According to the American Psychological Association, an abstract is a "brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the article; it allows readers to survey the contents of an article quickly, and, like a title, it enables abstracting and information services to index and retrieve articles" (1, p.
Naturally, before writing the abstract for an article, one should look at the instructions and examples in the journal to which the article will be submitted.
The abstract library contains abstracts from Transactions published 1960-1993, Die Casting Engineer from 1960-1997 and select research reports.