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abstractive

[ab-strak-tiv] /æbˈstræk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the power of abstracting.
2.
pertaining to an abstract or summary.
Origin of abstractive
1480-1490
From the Medieval Latin word abstractīvus, dating back to 1480-90. See abstract, -ive
Related forms
abstractively, adverb
abstractiveness, noun
unabstractive, adjective
unabstractively, adverb
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  • A polarity is maintained throughout: the abstractive and the concretional.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • I will call such a set of durations an ‘abstractive set’ of durations.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Accordingly an event-particle could cover no other abstractive element.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Let σ be the name of any condition which some abstractive sets fulfil.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • There are classes of these abstractive elements which are of great importance.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Such a segment can also be defined as an abstractive element.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • A station can also be defined in the character of an abstractive element.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • The book contains an intellectualist, static, determinist, abstractive trend.

  • According to my own theory it only differentiates itself from time at a somewhat developed stage of the abstractive process.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Thus an abstractive set is effectively the entity meant when we consider an instant of time without temporal extension.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead

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