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absent-minded

[ab-suh nt-mahyn-did] /ˈæb səntˈmaɪn dɪd/
adjective
1.
so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings.
Also, absentminded.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
Related forms
absent-mindedly, adverb
absent-mindedness, noun
Synonyms
withdrawn, musing, daydreaming, dreamy, forgetful, distracted. Absent-minded, abstracted, oblivious all mean inattentive to immediate surroundings. Absent-minded suggests an unintentional wandering of the mind from the present: an absent-minded committee member. Abstracted implies that the mind has been drawn away from the immediate present by reflection upon some engrossing subject: an abstracted air. Oblivious implies absorption in some thought that causes one to be completely forgetful of or unaware of one's surroundings: oblivious of danger.
Antonyms
attentive, alert, heedful, observant.
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Examples from the web for absent-minded
  • Her family think her absent-minded, distrait, aloof and generally useless.
  • She held them off, without sounding nobly grief-stricken or unnaturally cheerful or absent-minded or confused.
  • In that respect, he more closely resembles an absent-minded professor than a master of the universe.
  • His speech pattern is a jumble of quick bursts that alternate with long pauses worthy of an absent-minded professor.
British Dictionary definitions for absent-minded

absent-minded

adjective
1.
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
Derived Forms
absent-mindedly, adverb
absent-mindedness, noun
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