abstracted

adjective ab·stract·ed \ ab-ˈstrak-təd , ˈab-ˌ \

Definition of abstracted

1 : withdrawn in mind : inattentive to one's surroundings
  • said hello but seemed abstracted
2 : abstract 4
  • abstracted geometric shapes

abstractedly

adverb

abstractedness

noun

Examples of abstracted in a Sentence

  1. She said hello but she seemed a bit abstracted.

  2. the man on the train seemed somewhat abstracted, and he did indeed forget to get off at his stop

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Origin and Etymology of abstracted

from past participle of 3abstract

Synonym Discussion of abstracted

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

ABSTRACTED Defined for English Language Learners

abstracted

adjective

Definition of abstracted for English Language Learners

  • : not paying attention to what is happening or being said : thinking of other things



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