Synonyms & Antonyms of abstracted

(Entry 1 of 2)

lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions
  • the man on the train seemed somewhat abstracted, and he did indeed forget to get off at his stop

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past tense of abstract

Synonyms & Antonyms of abstracted (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to draw the attention or mind to something else
  • personal problems abstracted him so persistently that he struggled to keep his mind on his work

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2 to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report)
  • took the 135-page report and abstracted it in three short paragraphs

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How is the word abstracted distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of abstracted are absentminded, absent, distracted, and preoccupied. While all these words 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

In what contexts can absent take the place of abstracted?

Although the words absent and abstracted have much in common, absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters.

an absent stare

When can absentminded be used instead of abstracted?

In some situations, the words absentminded and abstracted are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When would distracted be a good substitute for abstracted?

The words distracted and abstracted are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety.

was too distracted by grief to continue working

When could preoccupied be used to replace abstracted?

While the synonyms preoccupied and abstracted are close in meaning, 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

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The first known use of abstracted was in 1643

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“Abstracted.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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