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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 2017, 762 million m3 of water in Slovenia was abstracted from own sources.
The leading periodicals, year-books and museum bulletins abstracted and indexed by Wilson Art Abstracts are also more likely to be part of collections in libraries, and in its CD-ROM edition, the database can be configured to indicate those that are, simplifying research.
The first type utilizes the ICD-9 codes to make a statement regarding severity, while the second type uses clinical data abstracted from the patient chart.
The resulting painting, one of the freshest Kandinsky ever made, is an abstracted recollection of the concert hall dominated by a black, piano-like shape on a yellow ground.
I abstracted an old car (see photo above, lower left) by moving in on it from an oblique angle, showing only the detail on one of its lights and part of its hood and radiator.
Abstract are assigned to one of 80 subject sections of the CAS database according to the principal subject matter of the abstracted paper or patent.