Adjective "abstractive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of, relating to, or expressing abstract ideas or concepts; engaged in, or able to engage in, the process of considering something theoretically or in the abstract.


    A person, thing, or other entity which is characterized by being abstract; (now) specifically an abstract noun.


      1. having the power of abstracting.

      2. pertaining to an abstract or summary.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "visions can be abstractive."

      "approaches can be abstractive."


      Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From post-classical Latin abstractivus (in logic) capable of forming abstractions from classical Latin abstract-, past participial stem of abstrahere + -īvus.