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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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More journals are beginning to include graphical abstracts in addition to their traditional ones.
For research abstracts, the following sections are required: Purpose, Review of Literature, Methodology, Results and Implications for Registered Nurses or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Anyone can submit an abstract, but presenters must become APHA members and register for the Annual Meeting if their abstracts are accepted.
T he deadline for submission of abstracts is August 25, 2014.
There are several types of abstracts, including research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, case study, clinical, leadership/management, and general education.
As Hayes points out, research has shown that many published abstracts have serious gaps or inaccuracies.
Abstracts are freely available, unlike many journal articles, and provide access to a plethora of literature (Anderson, 2011) that disseminates research findings and scholarly debate across a wide range of topics.
Although the abstract reviewer selection process has improved in recent years, nearly 40% of abstracts continue to be rated by among the most inexperienced (and nontenured) researchers in the profession.
Descriptive abstracts (or indicative per English language literature) bear the advantage of using 100 to 150 words; some journals use this format to save space.
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.
From the selected research abstracts, four will receive the Research Abstract Award, which recognizes individuals whose abstracts reflect outstanding original work, replication research or research utilization.
Many experts or teams with different specialties, interests, and perspectives could each recommend online articles, abstracts, reviews, organizations, events, or any other public Web pages of special importance for their audience.
Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA) has begun the production of two new products, including the "European Journal of Criminology" and "Criminal Justice Abstracts Online.
In: Program and abstracts of the 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections; February 8-11, 2004; San Francisco, California.