Absentminded



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.
Historical Examples

But how will you bear an absentminded man who, if he happens to see you, will kill you?
The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton

How did absentminded beggar’s concluding testimonial conclude?
Ulysses James Joyce

This too he seemed to give profound yet (if such a thing may be) absentminded attention.
The Story of Louie Oliver Onions

He gave her an absentminded squeezing of the hand nearest him by way of answer without lifting his eyes from his book.
The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox

Should have remembered to bring a flashlight, but he was old and absentminded, and there was no one to remind him.
The Chapter Ends Poul William Anderson

The young man recovered himself from his absentminded stare in the direction Grace had taken, with a frank laugh.
Dr. Breen’s Practice William Dean Howells

It was with an absentminded nod that he acquiesced in the man’s announcement that he might arrange about the boat for him.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

He was, therefore, absentminded, to a degree that made no end of gossip.
Eben Holden Irving Bacheller

adjective
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
adj.

also absent-minded, “preoccupied,” 1810, from absent + minded. Related: Absentmindedly; absentmindedness.

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  • Absentness’

    not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ): absent from class. lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face. to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting. in the of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market […]

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    not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ): absent from class. lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face. to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting. in the of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market […]



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