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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The teaching of Spinoza might be described generally as the Jewish religion reduced to an abstraction and taking the form of the Eleatic philosophy.
this particular mnemic stimulus at once overbalances its simultaneously roused predecessors and successors, and we perceive the face in question with concrete definiteness in that particular situation." A little later he says: "The result is--at least in man, but probably also in the higher animals--the development of a sort of PHYSIOLOGICAL abstraction. Mnemic homophony gives us, without the addition of other processes of thought, a picture of our friend X which is in a certain sense abstract, not the concrete in any one situation, but X cut loose from any particular point of time.
Cartels have managed to control water consumption by hiding behind institutions and putting up fraudulently approved abstractions in Mt Kenya forest.
What is fascinating about the exhibition is how the three abstract painters, known for complete organic abstractions, complement the abstracted figurative sculptures of Pagarigan.
This paper historicises the emergence (and subsequent power) of geographical abstractions. Following Karl Marx in the Grundrisse, I argue that one of the central features of modern capitalist society is rule by abstractions.
Capitalism has evolved into further monetary and technological abstractions (techniques of financialization and algorithmic governance)
Bloomsbury abstractions by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant; collaged book covers by Natalia Goncharova; Hans Arp's extremely simplified abstract shapes; radically anti-illusionistic drawings, paintings and sculptures by three Poles, Henryk Berlewi, Katarzyna Kobro and Wladyslaw Strzemin'ski.
Herman Daly (1980), informed by Whitehead's (1925/1967, 1929) cautions regarding abstractions, has been concerned with the same issues in economics.
What is involved in consolidating a new mathematical abstraction? This paper examines the work of one student who was working on a task designed to consolidate two recently constructed absolute function abstractions.
We might see these all, frankly, as abstractions on the same distracting magnitude as that sought by the lawyer in Luke 10.
He answers that it was not, but his answer takes the form of a bewildering shaggy dog story that turns on the translation of the Enlightenment into "the Materialist-Deist idea of venture" and the conclusion that that idea "is totally absent from the ideological basis of American exceptionalism." In effect, he wallows in a succession of impenetrable abstractions, mostly of his own concoction, in order finally to insist that Americans were not guided by abstractions.
The Eurostat analysis describes water resources and abstractions in the EU and the candidate countries using recent statistics to produce an assessment of water resources and water stress.