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 (ăb-străkt′, ăb′străkt′)
1. Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract concept.
2. Not applied or practical; theoretical.
3. Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract philosophical problems.
4. Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality: abstract words like truth and justice.
5. Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
6. Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation: abstract painting and sculpture.
n. (ăb′străkt′)
1. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
2. Something abstract.
3. An abstract of title.
tr.v. (ăb-străkt′) ab·stract·ed, ab·stract·ing, ab·stracts
a. To take away; remove: abstract the most important data from a set of records.
b. To remove without permission; steal: a painting that was abstracted from the museum.
2. To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects: abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.
3. (ăb′străkt′) To write a summary of; summarize: abstract a long article in a paragraph.
4. To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style): "The Bauhaus Functionalists were ... busy unornamenting and abstracting modern architecture, painting and design" (John Barth).
in the abstract
In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.

[Middle English, from Latin abstractus, past participle of abstrahere, to draw away : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + trahere, to draw.]

ab·stract′er n.
ab·stract′ly adv.
ab·stract′ness n.
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Noun1.abstracter - one who makes abstracts or summarizes informationabstracter - one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
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It came from the abstracter facts of the man, from what he had endured and survived, which was far beyond that of ordinary men.
In fact, Hegel writes, it is "nur ein ganz abstracter Zusammenhang" (234) ["only a completely abstract relationship"] (my translation) when his actions coincide with common moral principle.
The abstracter and agent section chair is Richard Giliotti of The Judicial Title Insurance Company; vice-chair is DeAnna Stancanelli of National Granite Title Insurance Agency.
I imagine that the tendency of all thinking is toward the abstract and perhaps I am merely saying that the abstractions of the poet are abstracter than the abstractions of the painter.
She also serves as an abstracter of Foi et Vie for Religious and Theological Abstracts.
1) Met de hantering van dit woord--al dan niet kwalificatief, maar altijd afgaand op gevoelens--refereert ook Coetzee naar de betrokkenheid van de Zuid-Afrikaners bij hun land, opgevat in de letterlijke betekenis van grond als ook als een groter en abstracter geheel.