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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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in the abstract

In a manner that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Love is something that exists in the abstract—it's very hard 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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In 2004 [1], the author reported the then current findings from research on structured abstracts and followed this up with a similar paper in 2014 [2].
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.
All sections of the application must be completed for each author listed on the abstract including demographics, biographical information, and disclosure of financial interests related to potential conflict of interest before the submission deadline.
A number of characteristics and elements make an outstanding research abstract, and addressing these will increase the likelihood of producing a high-quality abstract that is accepted for presentation.
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.
A structured abstract has a paragraph for each section: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion (it may even include paragraphs for the objectives or other sections).
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.
Here you can browse the titles and click any one to see the abstract (if any) posted on the official conference site (http://www.
Abstract expressionism was a dramatic break from the more traditional European style of representational art that dominated through the 19th century.
recently launched a full-service title agency, Dornoch Abstract LLC, also of Morristown, announced Glen Fishman, co-founder and managing director of both companies.