abstractive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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 Having an abstracting nature or tendency; tending to separate; tending to be withdrawn.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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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 “abstractive” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 10.

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested circa 1350, from Medieval Latin abstractivus, from Latin abstractus (drawn away) + -ivus (-ive).

Adjective[edit]

abstractive

  1. (grammar) Denoting a quality or state; not concrete; abstract.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “abstractive” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 10.