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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.
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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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Figure 1 suggests that the quality of the abstract is largely determined by the quality of the knowledge base of the abstractor. The knowledge base incorporates both linguistic knowledge (ability to interpret the language of texts in the subject area dealt with) and nonlinguistic knowledge: understanding of the subject matter, of the needs and interests of the audience served, and of the guidelines under which the abstractor is to operate.
This is your niche because the mainstream notary pool is oblivious or set in their ways so the opportunities available for Signing Specialists and Independent Abstractors (Title Examiners) is phenomenal.
Data abstractors should be trained in the use of the form.
"In the past, we would send abstractors out to court-houses and other repositories of real estate information These individuals research and obtain the requested in formation and return it to us.
She said that the fees likely would be paid by attorneys, abstractors doing real estate information searches, larger news media organizations and private detectives.
The researchers sent abstractors out to page through dusty volumes of notes handwritten by Swedish midwives, who had recorded problems during pregnancy and labor as well as the weight of newborns.