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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.


Abstract of Title.


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

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Other writers (e.g., Brown & Day, 1983) have focused on the art of text summarization or on the skills needed by a good abstractor (e.g., see Endres-Niggemeyer, Maier, & Sigel, 1995).
This variability can occur whether data are collected by one or multiple abstractors (To, Estrabillo, Wang, & Cicutto, 2008).
This obviously creates tension between the needs of abstractors, and those of the environment.
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