ab·stract /'ab-ˌstrakt/ n
1: a summary of a legal document
ab·stract /ab-'strakt, 'ab-ˌstrakt/ vt

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abbreviation, abbreviature, abridgment, analect, brief, capsule, compendium, compilation, compression, condensation, consolidation, conspectus, contraction, digest, epitoma, epitome, extract, pandect, precis, reduction, summary, synopsis associated concepts: abstract idea, abstract of a record, abstract of judgment, abstract of title, abstract proposition of law, abstracts of evidence, marketable title acts, title search II (separate) verb detach, disengage, disjoin, dissociate, disunite, isolate, remove, take out of context III (summarize) verb abbreviate, abridge, capsulize, compact, compress, condense, contract, epitomize, reduce, shorten, synopsize, telescope IV index abridgment (condensation), capsule, compendium, condense, delineation, digest, digest (summarize), extract, hold up (rob), intangible, lessen, moot, note (brief comment), outline (synopsis), recondite, restatement, review, scenario, select, speculative, steal, summary, synopsis, theoretical, withdraw

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Existing only in thought or theory and not in reality
(1) A summary, abridgement, or condensation of a longer document.
(2) That which is abstract or theoretical, often used in the phrase “in the abstract.”
(1) To summarize or abridge.
(2) To remove something from something else, as in abstracting money from a bank.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

In general, a summary of a record or document, such as an abstract of judgment, abstract of trust, or abstract of title to real property.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A concise summary of a text.
@ abstract of judgment
n. A copy or summary of a court's judgment. When it is filed with the appropriate authorities, a lien is created on the judgment debtor's non-exempt property in favor of the judgment creditor.
@ abstract of record
n. A summary of the record of a case advising an appellate court of the underlying facts, all the steps taken to-date in the case, the decision of the trial court, and the legal issues to be decided.
@ abstract of title
n. A short history or summary of the ownership of a parcel of land. The abstract includes a list of all conveyances, transfers, and other evidence of title; all grants, conveyances, wills, records, and judicial proceedings that may affect title; and a list of encumbrances and liens of record on the land, along with a statement whether the encumbrances and liens still exist. A company whose business is to obtain such information from public records usually does such an abstract for the mortgagee or buyer of real property in connection with a proposed sale of land.
See also chain of title.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To take or withdraw from; as, to abstract the funds of a bank. To remove or separate. To summarize or abridge.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To take or withdraw from; as, to abstract the funds of a bank. To remove or separate.
To summarize or abridge.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   in general, a summary of a record or document, such as an abstract of judgment or abstract of title to real property.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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