abstractive

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abstractif, from Medieval Latin abstractivus, from Latin abstractus (drawn away) + -ivus (-ive). Equivalent to abstract +‎ -ive.

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Adjective[edit]

abstractive (comparative more abstractive, superlative most abstractive)

  1. Having an abstracting nature or tendency; tending to separate; tending to be withdrawn. [First attested in the late 15th century.][1]
  2. Derived by abstraction; belonging to abstraction. [First attested in the late 15th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 10