absentminded

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adjective ab·sent·mind·ed \ˌab-sənt-ˈmīn-dəd\

Definition of absentminded

  1. 1a :  lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions :  preoccupied was too absentminded to notice what time it wasb :  tending to forget or fail to notice things :  given to absence of mind (see absence 3) Her absentminded husband forgot their anniversary.

  2. 2 :  indicative of or resulting from preoccupation or absence of mind gave an absentminded reply

absentmindedly

adverb

absentmindedness

noun

Examples of absentminded in a Sentence

  1. Her absentminded husband forgot their anniversary.

  2. She did the chores in an absentminded way.

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First Known Use of absentminded

1824

Synonym Discussion of absentminded

abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters. walking about with an abstracted air preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others. too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters. an absent stare absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness. so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety. was too distracted by grief to continue working

ABSENTMINDED Defined for Kids

absentminded

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adjective ab·sent·mind·ed \ˌab-sənt-ˈmīn-dəd\

Definition of absentminded for Students

  1. :  tending to forget or not pay attention Two absentminded students forgot their homework today.

absentmindedly

adverb He absentmindedly drove past his exit.

absentmindedness

noun


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