Abstraction

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Abstraction

Taking from someone with an intent to injure or defraud.

Wrongful abstraction is an unauthorized and illegal withdrawing of funds or an appropriation of someone else's funds for the taker's own benefit. It may be a crime under the laws of a state. It is different from Embezzlement, which is a crime committed only if the taker had a lawful right to possession of the money when it was first taken.

See: concept, generality, idea, impalpability, larceny, notion, preoccupation, vision
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My practical freedom and will is thus founded on the abstract thought of myself as essentially the power of abstraction, that is, on the abstract thought of myself as "this absolute possibility of being able to abstract from every determination in which I find myself or in which I have placed myself.
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