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.
he had his right hand to his face and was absent-mindedly rubbing the scar on his left cheekbone.
gordie howe hockey’s greatest war horse w.c. heinz may 30, 2014
mr. kronborg, quite innocent of her intentions, replied kindly and absent-mindedly.
song of the lark willa cather
“oh, she has declared her intention,” murmured lingard, absent-mindedly.
the rescue joseph conrad
he was playing with his carved ivory baton, absent-mindedly, as if he were conscious of his inferiority in literary matters.
the confession of a fool august strindberg
he had absent-mindedly strayed into the wrong continent and the wrong creed.
a miscellany of men g. k. chesterton
i was first to finish, however, and getting up i absent-mindedly picked up her umbrella and started for the door.
humorous h-ts and how to hold an audience grenville kleiser
“possibly,” remarked pierre, looking about him absent-mindedly.
war and peace leo tolstoy
when febrer was left alone he took down his gun, and stood near the door for a long time examining it absent-mindedly.
the dead command vicente blasco ibez
“84, cavendish mansions,” murmured mr. hoggins absent-mindedly.
the angel of terror edgar wallace
“i should think brown was synonymous with synopsis,” said i absent-mindedly.
lat-tude 19 degree mrs. schuyler crowninshield
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ): absent from cl-ss. 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 […]
- Absente reo
in the absence of the defendant. abbreviation: abs. re. uknown (law) in the absence of the defendant
a person who is , especially from work or school. a person who himself or herself, as a landowner who does not live on certain property owned or a voter who is permitted to cast a ballot by mail. contemporary examples but absentee balloting is more vulnerable to fraud, not to mention the vaguaries of […]
- Absentee ballot
the ballot used for an absentee vote. contemporary examples here in jerusalem, i registered for an absentee ballot with a lovely orthodox woman under a banner reading “i vote israel.” hiring the next chief rabbi raphael magarik october 4, 2012 on an absentee ballot mailed from camp war eagle, i voted john kerry for president […]
- Absentee landlord
a landlord who owns but is not resident in a property. historical examples it is supplied by a corporation magnate removed from his audience in location, fortune, interest, and mood: an absentee landlord. the art of the moving picture vachel lindsay the evils of the absentee landlord are not confined to ireland. the leaven in […]