Definition of abstractive in English:


Pronunciation /əbˈstraktɪv/


  • 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.


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.