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 Hits 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.
Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
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 […]
- 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 […]