- In an abstract way or manner
1919, Daisy Ashford, chapter 5, in The Young Visiters:
- Bernard Clark and Ethel were seated side by side on a costly sofa gazing abstractly at the parting guest.
- separately; absolutely [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- matter abstractly considered
- ^ “abstractly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 10.