How to use In-the-abstract in a sentence

in-the-abstract
  • We think of things not in the abstract elements of the things themselves, but in connexion with, and in language which presupposes, other things.

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  • The neuter term brahma is used in the Rigveda both in the abstract sense of "devotion, worship," and in the concrete sense of "devotional rite, prayer, hymn."

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  • Again, in being conscious of myself, I am not conscious of my mind in the abstract without my body.

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  • The ethical end is taken to be the idea of humanity, not in the abstract as formulated by Kant, but in the context of the state and of history.

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  • Thus number in the abstract is the number of times that the act of counting is performed in any particular case.

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  • But it points to the constitution of civil society in the abstract rather than to the actual origin of government as a matter of fact and past history.

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  • Only he who apprehends good in the abstract can imitate it in such transient and imperfect good as may be realized in human life, and it is impossible that, having this knowledge, he should not act on it, whether in private or public affairs.

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  • Love of God in the former holds the same absolute and unique position as the sole element of moral worth in human action, which, as we have seen, was occupied by knowledge of Good in the latter; and we may carry the parallel further by observing that in neither case is this severity in the abstract estimate of goodness necessarily connected with extreme rigidity in practical precepts.

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  • The claims of self-culture and of social service may when considered in the abstract or in some hypothetical case appear antagonistic and irreconcilable.

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  • The law takes no cognizance of carelessness in the abstract.

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  • There is such a thing as homicidal mania, or love of butchery in the abstract.

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  • Epistemology is concerned rather with the possibility of knowledge in the abstract (sub specie aeternitatis, Ward, ibid.).

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