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  • adv. In a privative manner; by the absence of something; negatively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a privative manner; by the absence of something; negatively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a privative manner; in the manner or with the force of a privative.
  • By the absence of something; negatively.


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privative +‎ -ly


  • In vain do the schools tell us that God is infinite negatively and not privatively — “formaliter et non materialiter,” that He is the first act, the middle, and the last — that He is everywhere without being in any place; a hundred pages of commentaries on definitions like these cannot give us the smallest light.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Yet even this has not one name, though the colours of which this negation is privatively predicated are in a way limited; for they must be either grey or yellow or something else of the kind.


  • Wherefore, with respect hereunto they are dead only negatively, -- they have it not; but with respect unto the life we had in Adam, they are dead privatively, -- they have lost that power of living unto God which they had.


  • For if not to be unrighteous be taken privatively, it is the same with being just or righteous: for it supposes that he who is so has done all the duty that is required of him that he may be righteous.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • Secondly, there is the infinite as regards matter, which is taken privatively, i.e. inasmuch as it has not the form it ought naturally to have, and in this way we have infinite in quantity.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • The misuse of concepts begins with the habit of employing them privatively as well as positively, using them not merely to assign properties to things, but to deny the very properties with which the things sensibly present themselves.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

  • Let me give the name of 'vicious abstractionism' to a way of using concepts which may be thus described: We conceive a concrete situation by singling out some salient or important feature in it, and classing it under that; then, instead of adding to its previous characters all the positive consequences which the new way of conceiving it may bring, we proceed to use our concept privatively; reducing the originally rich phenomenon to the naked suggestions of that name abstractly taken, treating it as a case of 'nothing but' that concept, and acting as if all the other characters from out of which the concept is abstracted were expunged.

    Meaning of Truth


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