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 (ăb-străk′shən, əb-)
a. The act of abstracting or the state of having been abstracted.
b. An abstract concept, idea, or term.
c. An abstract quality.
2. Preoccupation; absent-mindedness.
3. An abstract work of art.

ab·strac′tion·al, ab·strac′tive adj.
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Adj.1.Abstractive - of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstractingabstractive - of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting; "abstractive analysis"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
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Jan Aertsen has linked this complex account of the origin of the first conceptions, immediately known by the light of the agent intellect and mediated through the species abstracted from sensible things, to a broader tendency in the thought of Aquinas: (1) stress on the moment of innateness: the first principles are known by nature, (36) on the one hand, and (2) the recognition of the abstractive moment: the dependency on sense experience, on the other hand.
Arguing for "a more advanced level in standardization" therefore has to be based on supportive test results, and the problem of abstractive and simplistic descriptions of stone tools in the research--as pointed out by Gao himself in another paper (Gao 1999: 6)--needs to be solved first.
They assert China's SOEs during economy transformation period due to its abstractive ownership of national property and it lacks corporate ownership which causes agency problem, and they claim ownership of national property should be clarified to solve such problem (Ouyang, 2003; Zhang & Han, 2008).