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absentminded

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1 lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions
  • the grieving woman was so absentminded that she left her key in the lock after opening the door

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2 inclined to forget what one has learned or to do what one should
  • an absentminded aunt who some years sends me two birthday checks

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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

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The first known use of absentminded was in 1824

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“Absentminded.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/absentminded. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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