distractibility

[dih-strak-tuh-bil-i-tee]
noun Psychiatry.
inability to sustain one's attention or attentiveness, which is rapidly diverted from one topic to another: a symptom of a variety of mental disorders, as manic disorder, schizophrenia, or anxiety states.

Origin:
1900–05; distract + -ibility

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distract (dɪˈstrækt)
 
vb
1.  (often passive) to draw the attention of (a person) away from something
2.  to divide or confuse the attention of (a person)
3.  to amuse or entertain
4.  to trouble greatly
5.  to make mad
 
[C14: from Latin distractus perplexed, from distrahere to pull in different directions, from dis-1 + trahere to drag]
 
dis'tracter
 
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dis'tractible
 
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distracti'bility
 
n
 
dis'tracting
 
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dis'tractingly
 
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dis'tractive
 
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dis'tractively
 
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