abstractly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abstractly; equivalent to abstract +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

abstractly (comparative more abstractly, superlative most abstractly)

  1. In an abstract way or manner
    • 1919, Daisy Ashford, chapter 5, in The Young Visiters:
      Bernard Clark and Ethel were seated side by side on a costly sofa gazing abstractly at the parting guest.
  2. separately; absolutely [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    matter abstractly considered

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References[edit]

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

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From abstract +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /abˈstraktliː/, /abˈstraktliːtʃ(ə)/

Adverb[edit]

abstractly

  1. (rare) reclusively; while practising a monastic lifestyle.
  2. (rare) totally, completely.

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