Statement of what a scholarly or complex written work contains, presented as a summary usually by someone other than the author of the work. An abstract aims to present only the gist of the subject matter, stresses brevity, and makes no attempt to preserve the flavor or style of the original. See also abridgment, digest, outline, précis, summary, and synopsis.

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  • The abstract was so well written and concise that scientists had no choice other than to buy and read the entire article.

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  • I'm really into abstract art, the colors and shapes really do it for me it's like they speak to my soul and bring beauty and joy into my life.

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  • Einstein's theory of relativity seemed abstract at the beginning of the semester however after a few weeks of lecture it made much more sense.

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    "Money is human happiness in the abstract: He, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money."
    - Arthur Schopenhauer

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