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[ab-strak-tid] /æbˈstræk tɪd/
lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.
Origin of abstracted
1605-15; abstract + -ed2
Related forms
abstractedly, adverb
abstractedness, noun
nonabstracted, adjective
nonabstractedly, adverb
nonabstractedness, noun
unabstracted, adjective
unabstractedly, adverb
unabstractedness, noun
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  • He looks gloomily and abstractedly into the red logs of the wood fire.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • Charles looked at his father for permission, who said abstractedly, "Give it her."

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He came back, however, in a few minutes, and squatting beside me abstractedly got out papers and tobacco.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Bill had turned away, and was abstractedly contemplating the strangers.

  • This order of things, abstractedly considered, is not necessary.

  • "Nuffin, massa; I war only tinkin'," he abstractedly replied.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • He took it abstractedly, without thinking what he did, and placed it on his dressing-table.

    La Mere Bauche Anthony Trollope
  • He rises from his seat, and abstractedly stares at the Star, then at the audience.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • "No," he said, abstractedly, his sense still busy with the music that had just ended.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • As he did so, he abstractedly murmured, "Parsley,—fatal to parrots."

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
British Dictionary definitions for abstractedly


lost in thought; preoccupied
taken out or separated; extracted
Derived Forms
abstractedly, adverb
abstractedness, noun
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