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abstract

1. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
2. Philosophy (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc.
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Abstract

 

a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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Moreover, absolute standards make little sense since several factors would influence the brevity: length, complexity or diversity of the original, type of abstract (indicative, informative, critical), and accessibility of the original (one could argue that materials less physically or intellectually accessible--e.g., published in obscure sources or unfamiliar languages--should be abstracted more fully).