from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of abstracting; of an abstracting nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to abstraction; having the power or quality of abstracting.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of an abstract, epitome, or summary.
  • Abstractitious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting


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  • Momental areas can evidently be defined as abstractive elements by exactly the same method as applied to solids.

    The Concept of Nature The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, November 1919

  • Between that which Balzac tabulated as the "abstractive" type of human evolvement and that which is fully cosmic in consciousness, there are many and diverse degrees of the higher faculties; but the poet always expresses some one of these degrees of the higher consciousness; indeed some poets are of that versatile nature that they run the entire gamut of the emotional nature, now descending to the ordinary normal consciousness which takes account only of the personal self; again ascending to the heights of the impersonal fearlessness and unassailable confidence that is the heritage of those who have reached the full stature of the "man-god whom we await" -- the cosmic conscious race that is to be.

    Cosmic Consciousness

  • Geox, a high quality, value-oriented sponsor, of precisely the kind cycling needs right now, is being told that his return on investment is subject to some abstractive ruling in Aigle Switzerland, the UCI headquarters.

    Geox team boss Mauro Gianetti says he’s mystified by ProTeam exclusion

  • Norris offers an important insight into how the real distinction proof depends on abstractive processes.

    Motherly Advice

  • The defense of Descartes 'real distinction proof is enlightening because it renders transparent the assumption of abstractive knowledge that might have aided contemporary readers' understanding of the proof.

    Motherly Advice

  • The fact that hypotheses are abstractive demonstrates only that they are incomplete, not that they are false.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • In the latter case, the more substantial passage, he gives a somewhat Scotistic definition: "Intuitive and abstractive cognition are not distinguished according to having a species or not, but only according to the disposition of the object, because if the object is present, the species represents it intuitively; if absent, it represents it abstractively."

    Francis of Marchia

  • Therefore, "the same species that is intuitive in the presence of the object is abstractive in the absence of the object."

    Francis of Marchia

  • Call a convergent series of this sort an abstractive class iff it has no bottom, i.e., iff no object is part of every member of the class.


  • Indeed, De Laguna (1922), one of the very first sponsors of Whitehead's method, remarked that the identification of points and other boundaries with classes of solids is open to serious misinterpretation: “Although we perceive solids, we perceive no abstractive sets of solids [¦] In accepting the abstractive set, we are as veritably going beyond experience as in accepting the solid of zero-length” (922: 460).



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