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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But making claims about a detective in a context of de dicto pretense is clearly insufficient for creating an abstract entity. To think otherwise would mean that we misunderstand the content of Doyle's intentional acts.
The same holds for the readers' states of mind: it is claimed to be implausible to attribute to them, for instance, the pretension that an abstract entity is solving a mysterious murder.
Hamlet, the man the play Hamlet purports to present to us, is surely not an abstract entity created by William Shakespeare.
To them, taxes are what some abstract entity called government takes from them.
For Yarbrough, the fundamental problem with current conceptions of rhetoric, philosophy, and composition studies concerns the pervasive notion that language is "an abstract entity distinct from the world, functioning by laws different from those that govern the world, yet representing or constituting objects in the world" (211).
The deficiency, she suggests, is probably due to the distinctive character that the doctor-patient relationship assumed during the course of medical professionalization, namely that it was subordinated to the one between the physician and the abstract entity "illness." These implications of medical professionalism need further development, as do related themes such as how competition and the marketplace influenced perceptions of illness and healing.
Foucault does not write about the library as an abstract entity. He was very familiar with the library experience and was an experienced library user at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, as this quotation from Macey's (1993) biography of Foucault reveals:
The relationship that Garutti establishes with space in this fashion has little to do with Modernity's reflection on space as a decontextualized abstract entity. Instead, Garutti depicts what Edvard Munch represented in his last self-portrait, Between the Clock and the Bed, 1940.
Suppose, for example, that we are attempting to characterise the category of abstract entities by defining the predicate "x is an abstract entity".
In this paper I discuss and criticize some versions of a Platonist explanation of that relationship, according to which a musical work is an abstract entity, that exists independently of its performances, and whose properties determine the class of perceptible phenomena that count as performances of that work.
Instead, it is an abstract entity (like a quantum state), a component of a law of nature .