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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.



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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LB 345 amends sections of the Abstracters Act to eliminate a requirement of one year of land title-related experience for issuance of a certificate of registration of a temporary certificate of registration for Nebraska abstracters.
If race or ethnicity was unknown, chart abstracters reviewed clinic notes for patient-reported race/ethnicity; they recorded provider-reported race/ethnicity only if a patient report was unavailable.
it was to defend an opinion that I had the temerity to express during the conference of an organization representing professional abstracters and indexers.
Currently, she said a licence is only required if you abstract more than 20,000 litres on any given day but the proposal is to top-slice from abstracters who have not used their full allocation in a given period.
Trained abstracters reviewed individual pathology reports for each case and extracted data using standardized forms.
Chemical Abstracts, with its far flung army of volunteer abstracters, was often 2-3 years behind.