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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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Based on the holistic approach of African practices, Ruch (1984:46) affirms that African indigenous knowledge 'does not follow the fragmenting activity of abstractive knowledge, its contact with the real is more immediate and involves the whole man (sic) and not only his intellect'
The important truth that has escaped the self-absorbed ways of the modern-day thinker is the reality that the poor are not in need of the beauty and magnificence of abstractive thought, but of the pragmatic solutions to problems that have made human life insufferable.
The abstractive mechanism of the intellect is still a matter of controversy, especially concerning whether the intelligible species is separated from phantasms, or whether it is instead generated as something new by the agent intellect.
Despite curtailing the image as a means of understanding God, angels, as well as certain wayfarers, are capable of distinct natural abstractive cognition of God according to Scotus.
However, it might be more useful to start thinking of the Gothic itself as a particular instantiation of a much larger phenomenon, a post-Enlightenment recourse to the pre-modern in general--noble savages, hearts of darkness, "Oriental" barbarity, West Indian Obeah--with a view to interrogating the abstractive, deracinating, and depersonalizing impact of modernity.
Metaphor, as Langer (1957) noted, "is our most striking evidence of abstractive seeing, of the power of human minds to use presentational symbols" (p.
I will argue that the reason that beauty has this unique dual quality is because the beautiful object possesses an excess of intelligibility: as a result, while beauty transcends human abstractive powers, the orderly perfection of the object is nevertheless connaturally recognized.
So, the abstractive process is the result of an operation based on the isolation of a property that is common to more individual objects, and this process ends with the formation of a class of individuals that possess this determined property.
Attention is an abstractive concept, and it needs objective metrics for evaluation.
2012), which does not and almost certainly never will provide the level of precision afforded by well-defined functional-analytic abstractive principles (see Barnes-Holmes, Barnes-Holmes, & Hussey, 2015; Barnes-Holmes, Hussey, McEnteggart, Barnes-Holmes, & Foody, 2015).
Reno notes, "Bible scholars who offer theological comment tend to reach for the most abstractive and de-particularized formulations" (p.
The second volume in the Nature as Art series offers a unique comparison between landscape and natural topographic photo images and the abstractive paintings of Vickers.