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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 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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The American Land Title Association, founded in 1907, is the national trade association representing nearly 4,200 title insurance companies, title agents, independent abstracters, title searchers, and attorneys.
The American Land Title Association, founded in 1907, is the national trade association representing more than 4,000 title insurance companies, title agents, independent abstracters, title searchers, and attorneys.
Attendees will have the chance to meet with new independent title agents about job opportunities with their firms as Escrow Officers, Escrow Assistants, Processors, Escrow Accountants, Abstracters, Examiners, Commitment Typists, Policy Typists, and Order Entry Specialists.
An ALTA survey of 420 abstracters and agent operations showed that title problems arise in one out of every four real estate transactions.
The American Land Title Association, founded in 1907, is a national trade association representing more than 4,000 title insurance companies, title agents, independent abstracters, title searchers, and attorneys.
Nearly 2,000 title agents, abstracters, and title insurance companies are active members, ranging from small, one-county operations, to large national title insurers.