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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 (something or some place)

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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Most abstracters were given a licence to take a fixed volume of water, regardless of availability.
In addition, it eased out the crew of volunteer, part-time abstracters to wonderful pastures of retirement and brought those essential functions in-house in Columbus, Ohio.
Currently we work with ALTA, analyzing and providing data collection for their ALTA Agents and Abstracters Survey.
Richard McCarthy, who manages the Land Title Assurance Company, a risk retention group based in Vermont, said his midsize captive, with about $7.5 million in gross written premiums, was formed in June 1987 by American Land Title Association, to provide its members, title agents and abstracters, with errors and omissions coverage.
That's because foreclosed properties, with their various liens and potentially checkered trails of ownership, require way more research by insurers, and "abstracters," which are like real-estate detectives, Richards said.
Abstract and literal thinkers can learn from each other, but the abstracters probably learn more from the literals than the other way around.
In his spare time, Pryor is involved with the American Land Title Association, where he is serving as the chair of the agents and abstracters section.
Eventually, I would use a second resource of scientific information: the indexers, or the more complete and more interesting abstracters. There where only two or three of such resources in my field at that time.
Abstracters also recorded information on maternal demographics, prenatal care, GBS screening, risk factors for GBS infection, intrapartum antibiotic administration, and gestational age at birth.