ab·​stract·​ed ab-ˈstrak-təd How to pronounce abstracted (audio)
: withdrawn in mind : inattentive to one's surroundings
said hello but seemed abstracted
: abstract sense 4
abstracted geometric shapes
abstractedly adverb
abstractedness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for abstracted

abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absent-minded, 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

absent-minded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness.

so absent-minded, 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
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Word History


from past participle of abstract entry 3

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 21 Sep. 2023.

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ab·​stract·​ed ab-ˈstrak-təd How to pronounce abstracted (audio)
abstractedly adverb
abstractedness noun

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