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absent

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1 not at a certain place
  • Three students were absent because of the flu.
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2 not present or in evidence
  • The city's usual stir of activity was conspicuously absent due to the report of an escaped lion from the zoo.
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3 lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions
  • seemed absent when I told him you were coming because he nodded but didn't say anything
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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

absent

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not having
  • Absent a significant source of investment funds, the fledgling company continues to struggle.
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