lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.
Historical Examples

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.
The Twins of Suffering Creek Ridgwell Cullum

This order of things, abstractedly considered, is not necessary.
A Treatise of Human Nature David Hume

“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

lost in thought; preoccupied
taken out or separated; extracted


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