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Abstract

To take or withdraw from; as, to abstract the funds of a bank. To remove or separate. To summarize or abridge.

An abstract comprises—or concentrates in itself—the essential qualities of a larger thing—or of several things—in a short, abbreviated form. It differs from a transcript, which is a verbatim copy of the thing itself and is more comprehensive.

Cross-references

Abstract of Title.

abstract

n. in general, a summary of a record or document, such as an abstract of judgment or abstract of title to real property.

abstract

noun abbreviation, abbreviature, analect, brief, capsule, compendium, compilation, compression, condensation, consolidation, conspectus, contraction, digest, epitoma, epitome, extract, pandect, precis, reduction, summary, synopsis
Associated concepts: abstract idea, abstract of a record, abbtract of judgment, abstract of title, abstract proposition of law, abstracts of evidence, marketable title acts, title search

abstract

(Separate), verb detach, disengage, disjoin, dissociate, disunite, isolate, remove, take out of context

abstract

(Summarize), verb abbreviate, abridge, capsulize, compact, compress, condense, contract, reduce, shorten, synopsize, telescope
See also: abridgment, capsule, compendium, condense, delineation, digest, extract, hold up, intangible, lessen, moot, note, outline, recondite, restatement, review, rob, scenario, select, speculative, steal, summary, synopsis, theoretical, withdraw
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Truthful we both were; he from pride and courage, I from a sort of abstract ideality.
There is my brief abstract of your present position.
Then as to the analysis of the ancients and the algebra of the moderns, besides that they embrace only matters highly abstract, and, to appearance, of no use, the former is so exclusively restricted to the consideration of figures, that it can exercise the understanding only on condition of greatly fatiguing the imagination; and, in the latter, there is so complete a subjection to certain rules and formulas, that there results an art full of confusion and obscurity calculated to embarrass, instead of a science fitted to cultivate the mind.
It is true, as has been before observed that facts, too stubborn to be resisted, have produced a species of general assent to the abstract proposition that there exist material defects in our national system; but the usefulness of the concession, on the part of the old adversaries of federal measures, is destroyed by a strenuous opposition to a remedy, upon the only principles that can give it a chance of success.
Would it be wonderful if, under the pressure of all these difficulties, the convention should have been forced into some deviations from that artificial structure and regular symmetry which an abstract view of the subject might lead an ingenious theorist to bestow on a Constitution planned in his closet or in his imagination?
A common Tradesman cannot afford to let his son spend a third of his life in abstract studies.
It is so hard to accept at once any abstract truth, that we may doubt such to be possible when we have always believed the `no' of it.
There seemed to be few, if any, abstract terms, or little use of figurative language.
But I found it difficult to get to work upon my abstract investigations.
But man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
A dull, animal-like rebellion against his fel- lows, war in the abstract, and fate grew within him.
In the course of their fraternal caresses, the Crows had contrived to empty the pockets of their white brothers; to abstract the very buttons from their coats, and, above all, to make free with their hunting knives.