Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or faculty of concentrating; specifically, in phrenology, one of the propensities seated in the brain, which gives the power of fixing the whole mind or attention upon a particular subject. See cut under phrenology.
- n. The state or quality of being concentrative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of concentrating.
- n. (Phren.) The faculty or propensity which has to do with concentrating the intellectual the intellectual powers.
“There goes a man of no business at all: very probably it is the best occupation he is fitted for, as he has no concentrativeness.”
“No lawyer does his duty, who does not frequently examine his student, not merely as a necessary means of exciting him to attention, and application; but in order to acquire such an acquaintance with the character of his pupil's mind -- its quickness or slowness -- its concentrativeness or discursiveness -- as to be able to form a judgment whether he requires the curb or the spur.”
“Christian; and if the language be here and there meagre or lack concentrativeness, we pardon it in consideration of the high idea by which plot, incident, and character are swayed.”
“It is remarkable for concentrativeness of design and affections, strong gravity, drawing power and cohesiveness, strong will, resolution, dignity, serious disposition and expression; moderate circulation and coolness of temperature.”
“Electric on the other hand, is noted for its strength of bone and muscle and concentrativeness of character, traits deficient in the Magnetic.”
“He was a man of varied, but not profound learning, an active intellect, giving and receiving impressions with equal facility, and with an unusual combination of concentrativeness and versatility in his nature.”
“There was something almost terrible about her concentrativeness.”
“His intellectual development was magnificent; comparison and causality immense, with large ideality and constructiveness, individuality, an enormous concentrativeness and caution.”
“I looked over his shoulder, admiring his clear, firm hand-writing; the precision, concentrativeness, and quickness, with which he first seemed to arrange, and then execute his ideas.”
“And he knew it was his brooding thought, his fierce, hard determination, his intense concentrativeness for so many months, that had been digging that furrow; and it must prove indeed a potent specific of the life-water that would smooth that away, and restore him all the youth and elasticity that he had buried in that profound grave.”
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