#352 – You Can’t Instantiate an Abstract Class

An abstract class, defined with the abstract keyword, is one that is not meant to be instantiated itself, but serve as a base class for other classes.  A class must be abstract if it contains any abstract methods.

Since an abstract method does not contain an implementation, it doesn’t make sense to instantiate the class containing the abstract method.

You can, however, have non-abstract methods in an abstract class.  Derived classes will inherit the implementation of these methods and could then make use of them.


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