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absently

[ab-suh nt-lee] /ˈæb sənt li/
adverb
1.
in an absent-minded manner; inattentively.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; absent + -ly
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  • He nudges the co-pilot, who absently toggles his own switch as he stifles a yawn.
  • As she walked absently toward the stove she took out a few tangles with her fingers.
  • He is smoking a pipe, which he holds to his mouth absently with his right hand.
  • He reached into his back pocket, brought out a handkerchief, and wiped absently at his cheeks with it.
  • Turning it into an abstract problem, he absently wonders how many pennies he would need to go on living.
  • She stands up and rubs my back absently, looking out the window.
  • During the course of the game, this officer absently scored one point too many.
  • She had furled her parasol and sat absently drawing patterns on the gravel.
  • As she walked absently toward the stove she took out a few tangles with her fingers.
British Dictionary definitions for absently

absently

/ˈæbsəntlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively
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