absent-minded

[ab-suhnt-mahyn-did]
adjective
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:
1850–55

absent-mindedly, adverb
absent-mindedness, noun


withdrawn, musing, daydreaming, dreamy, forgetful, distracted.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.


attentive, alert, heedful, observant.
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absent-minded
 
adj
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
 
absent-'mindedly
 
adv
 
absent-'mindedness
 
n

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Example sentences
Then in meetings, you absentmindedly button and unbutton them.
While at the counter making your payment, absentmindedly you hand over your cell phone number.
When he absentmindedly set his kitchen on fire one day, the fright is too much.
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