A brief account of all the deeds upon which the title to an estate rests. A synopsis of the instruments which show title-an epitome of the record evidence of title. Also called brief of title. It is prepared for a mortgagee or purchaser of property. An abstract of title summarizes the history of the land including all encumbrances, conveyances, interests, and liens that affect the title to the property.
- (Law), An epitome of the evidences of ownership. This requires a certification by the abstracter.