ab·​stract·​ed | \ ab-ˈstrak-təd How to pronounce abstracted (audio) , ˈab-ˌstrak- \

Definition of abstracted

1 : withdrawn in mind : inattentive to one's surroundings said hello but seemed abstracted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

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Other Words from abstracted

abstractedly adverb
abstractedness noun

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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

Examples of abstracted in a Sentence

She said hello but she seemed a bit abstracted. the man on the train seemed somewhat abstracted, and he did indeed forget to get off at his stop
Recent Examples on the Web The works are lightly abstracted landscapes, along with a few figure studies, rendered in either watercolor or oil paint. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "This Beachfront Mansion Is Primed for a James Bond-Style Escape," 21 May 2020 The new format won’t really illuminate how oral arguments go normally because certain rules have been instituted to ensure order in this abstracted courtroom. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court debates the internet’s future over the phone," 4 May 2020 As one scrolls through her river of photos and videos, more than a thousand in all, the hands become alien and abstracted things, creatures that exist independently of the bodies that bear them. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Anxious Hands of New York’s Subway Riders in the Face of the Coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 After all, what is social media but an abstracted world, facilitated conversations and social performances that have been exfiltrated from a real, existing social context? Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Marked Individual," 24 Jan. 2020 Even the abstracted spaces that obscure most of the board fit the overall aesthetic. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Unmatched: Battle of Legends," 14 Dec. 2019 The piece, produced as part of the gallery’s Box Blur initiative that is sponsored by Dance Film SF, is set in an abstracted re-creation of a 1950s Korean shoji room and features instructional video and audio pieces. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "‘How to Fall in Love in a Brothel’ at Catharine Clark Gallery," 3 Nov. 2019 Lucy is also conducting an affair of her own, living with the gentle, abstracted Bob while sleeping with the jolly and itinerant Laff. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, "Rosmarie Waldrop’s Novel of the In-Between," 30 Sep. 2019 The handful of action scenes, for all their mortal dangers, come and go with an expository brevity and an elusive, abstracted physicality to match. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of abstracted

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abstracted

from past participle of abstract entry 3

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The first known use of abstracted was in 1643

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“Abstracted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstracted. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of abstracted

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

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