Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A candidate for a doctorate who has completed all the requirements for the degree, such as courses and examinations, with the exception of the dissertation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • All but dissertation: A description of the status of a doctoral student who has completed all PhD degree requirements except the doctoral dissertation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common element in Arabic names of persons, meaning servant: as, Abdallah, servant of God; Abd-el-Kader, servant of the Mighty One; Abd-ul-Latif (commonly written Abdullatif or Abdallatif), servant of the Gracious One.

Etymologies

a(ll) b(ut) d(issertation).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "The Bullard view is what I call the ABD policy: Anything But Deflation," said Stephen Wood, the New York-based chief market strategist for Russell Investments, which manages $149 billion.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • One of the unfortunate side-effects of being ABD is that I no longer feel deserving of treating myself to time off during that week when all of the undergraduates disappear.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • I hate to drag him away from his current job -- but yet I hate to stay stuck in ABD land much longer, or take a year off after earning the doctorate.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • The thing that annoys me the most about being ABD is the lack of a concrete schedule.

    Archive 2005-07-01

  • Introduced at an appallingly early hour this morning by Bardiac, in response to the lack of early authors in a female authors meme started by Mon at My so-called ABD life.

    The Really Dead Women Writers Meme

  • Today in Saudi Arabia, a land with many 100,000s of SLAVES (yes, SLAVES, Skippy!) of ALL races, a Black African is still referred to as an "ABD", or SLAVE (as in ABDULLAH, or "Slave of Allah")!

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Online kullanıcı sayısının dünya çapında hızla artmasına karşın, 'Süper Güç' ABD'nin, internet kullanımındaki payının azalması dikkatleri çekiyor.

    Turk.internet.com

  • Forbes, 'ABD'nin En Zengin 400 Kiþisi' sýralamasýný yayýnladý. buna göre listenin ilk sýrasýnda yine Microsoft'un kurucusu Bill Gates yer aldý.

    Hürriyet ANASAYFA

  • Musings of an ABD Medievalist: Defined by Her Dissertation, 'cause she's finished with "All But"

    Sarah Maclachlan and the Old English Orosius

  • Anyway, the most recent application having gone the same dismal way, my good friend discovered something quite inexplicable: a graduate student at the school where she teaches who is ABD All But Dissertation got an interview with the very school that seemed to want her particular qualifications.

    Erica Daigle: New Year, New MLA Dreams

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