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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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This variability can occur whether data are collected by one or multiple abstractors (To, Estrabillo, Wang, & Cicutto, 2008).
Presumably, consistency will be greatest when abstractors work to precise rules as to what to include and what not.
This obviously creates tension between the needs of abstractors, and those of the environment.