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absentminded

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of absentminded

  1. 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 Synonyms of absentminded absent, abstracted, distracted, preoccupied Words Related to absentminded absorbed, daydreaming, dreaming, dreamy, engrossed, faraway, intent, pensive, rapt; heedless, inattentive, insensible, oblivious, unaware, unconscious, unheeding, unknowing, unmindful, unperceptive, unthinking, unwary, unwitting, vacant; befogged, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, birdbrained, clueless, confused, dazed, flighty, foggy, forgetful, forgetting, hazy, muddled, scatterbrained, unfocused (also unfocussed) Near Antonyms of absentminded alive, attentive, aware, conscious, engaged, heads-up, heedful, mindful, observant, observing, open-eyed, sharp, vigilant, wary, watchful, wide-awake; clearheaded, unconfused Antonyms of absentminded alert

  2. 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 Synonyms of absentminded forgetfulWords Related to absentminded absent, abstracted, lost, oblivious, preoccupied, unmindful; amnesiac (or amnesic), senile; befogged, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confused, dazed, muddled, scatterbrained, unfocused (also unfocussed); lax, neglectful, negligent, remiss, slack; careless, heedless, inconsiderate, thoughtless; inattentive, insensible, unaware, unconscious, unheeding, unknowing, unperceptive, unthinkingNear Antonyms of absentminded alert, attentive, awake, keen, open-eyed, sharp, vigilant, watchful, wide-awake; careful, cautious, circumspect, conscientious, heedful, thoughtful, waryAntonyms of absentminded retentive

Synonym Discussion of absentminded

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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