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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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The idea of eternity--which invariably entails, continuity, generality, abstractness, conventionality, and the infinite combinability of symbols--can only be attained by a sign-user who already possesses the language capacity.
There is a great variety in the extent of abstractness allowed in underlying forms.
Darwish's poetry has been growing in its abstractness over the years, yet somehow it remains intimate and revelatory.
s invocation of eschatology to resolve difficult christological issues (such as the significance of Jesus' maleness) and I do not believe her charge fits as many feminist projects as she suggests, her challenge to the abstractness of some feminist Christologies is worth considering.
This, would go a long way toward explaining the place in Guest's work of a lyric music rarely heard (or so frequently misheard) today, along with at least two of its interconnected forms of difficulty: that of hearing lyric at all in our culture; and-of hearing a specifically difficult lyric whose seeming abstractness or hyper-distillation may appear wilfully recondite.
On the abstractness of human concepts: Why it would be difficult to talk to a pigeon.
Satoh's ode to rippling entropy (exemplified, somehow, by a passage in which the Kronos cellist played, solo, only high notes) was sweet, sad, and intensely emotional for all its abstractness.
Likewise, "The Prince," one of his best poems in that it at least engages our sympathy in a fully realized human situation, contains passages of sonorous but outdated grandiloquence where, no less than the abstractness of the vocabulary, the syntax serves to frustrate any precision of meaning.
The abstractness of such concepts perhaps merits emphasis in the face of the nearly ubiquitous assertion in education that young children are "concrete thinkers.
A corollary of this perception of abstractness is the concern that only a certain segment of the fellowship of churches will respond to the process and the document.
The symbolic value of the circle, or the whole, becomes replaced by the abstractness of the digit, or fragment.
Because of the abstractness of the college experience, it is possible that a longer period of time may be required to finalize life-long commitments (Munro & Adams, 1977).