v. pre·scind·ed, pre·scind·ing, pre·scinds
To withdraw one's attention from something: “Those who subscribe to the theory of art for art's sake believe that they can prescind from the realities of their society and create art without any ideology, as pure aesthetes” (Nicanor G. Tiongson).
To separate or detach in thought: “Although we can prescind space from colour, we cannot prescind colour from space” (Cheryl J. Misak).
[Latin praescindere, to cut off in front : prae-, pre- + scindere, to cut off, split; see skei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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