Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To separate or divide in thought; consider individually.
  • intransitive v. To withdraw one's attention.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut off, detach or separate something
  • v. To think about multiple things individually
  • v. To stop thinking about something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cut off; to abstract.
  • transitive v. To consider by a separate act of attention or analysis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To separate from other facts or ideas for special consideration; strip of extrinsic adjuncts, especially in conception.
  • To withdraw the attention: usually with from.

Etymologies

Latin praescindere, to cut off in front : prae-, pre- + scindere, to cut off, split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • 1. To cut off, detach or separate something
    2. To think about multiple things individually
    3. To stop thinking about something
    (Wiktionary)

    July 5, 2008