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abstract class

abstract class in Technology

In object-oriented programming, a class designed only as a parent from which sub-classes may be derived, but which is not itself suitable for instantiation. Often used to "abstract out" incomplete sets of features which may then be shared by a group of sibling sub-classes which add different variations of the missing pieces.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • Now the mere fact of proceeding thus is equivalent to setting up the concept as a symbol of an abstract class.

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