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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.
has announced the acquisition of a proprietary title search application, Advanced Title Search (ATS), from CST Title Abstractors, LLC.
This obviously creates tension between the needs of abstractors, and those of the environment.