from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an abstractive manner; in or by itself; abstractly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a abstract manner; separately; in or by itself.


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abstractive +‎ -ly


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  • In the latter case, the more substantial passage, he gives a somewhat Scotistic definition: "Intuitive and abstractive cognition are not distinguished according to having a species or not, but only according to the disposition of the object, because if the object is present, the species represents it intuitively; if absent, it represents it abstractively."

    Francis of Marchia


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