all but dissertation: applied to a person who has completed all requirements for a doctoral degree except for the writing of a dissertation.
Contemporary Examples

ABD Ar-Rahim al-Hammadi, who goes by the name Abu Omar, is the assistant headmaster at the school.
Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions Christopher Looney April 13, 2014

Last week, his former second in command ABD el Salam Jalloud defected as well.
Gaddafi’s Italian Connection Barbie Latza Nadeau August 26, 2011

“Families still tell their boys they are superman,” ABD Elhameed said.
Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence Nina Burleigh January 21, 2012

“If the regime is pushed into a corner, it will use chemical weapons,” says the captain, ABD al-Salam Ahmed ABDul Razek.
Inside Bashar al-Assad’s Army Mike Giglio December 9, 2012

Other officials in Yemen have expressed doubt as to whether ABD al-Raouf was even a member of AQAP.
Six Key Parts of a New Report That May Change Your View on Drones Abby Haglage October 21, 2013

Historical Examples

He completed the evacuation of ABD by the 12th, and it remained in our hands from this time forward.
With the British Army in The Holy Land Henry Osmond Lock

For all his vaunts and visions he has gone to ABD er-Rahman.
The Scapegoat Hall Caine

ABD Rahman was beside—no need of his skill—a great rush of blood surged from Gregory’s lips, one brief spasm—he was dead.
God Wills It! William Stearns Davis

ABD Allah was so pleased with this compliment that he ordered him a valuable present.
A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas

When he had grown up, he was two years in the service of ABD Allah Teshtari.
Mystics and Saints of Islam Claud Field

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