in abstracto


in ab·​strac·​to
: in or from an abstract point of view : in the abstract
the question could not be settled in abstractoYuen-li-Liang
discovering the problem purely theoretically, in abstractoMathematical Biophysics

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Latin, in the abstract

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“In abstracto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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