abstractive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 Having an abstracting nature or tendency; tending to separate; tending to be withdrawn.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

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

abstractive

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2003 [1933], Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 10: