absent-minded


absent-minded
adj. habitually forgetful or inattentive; with one's mind on other things.
Derivatives:
absent-mindedly adv. absent-mindedness n.

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/ab"seuhnt muyn"did/, adj.
so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings.
[1850-55]
Syn. withdrawn, musing, daydreaming, dreamy, forgetful, distracted. ABSENT-MINDED, ABSTRACTED, OBLIVIOUS all mean inattentive to immediate surroundings. ABSENT-MINDED suggests an unintentional wandering of the mind from the present: an absent-minded committee member. ABSTRACTED implies that the mind has been drawn away from the immediate present by reflection upon some engrossing subject: an abstracted air. OBLIVIOUS implies absorption in some thought that causes one to be completely forgetful of or unaware of one's surroundings: oblivious of danger.
Ant. attentive, alert, heedful, observant.

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absent-mindˈed adjective
1. Inattentive to surroundings
2. Preoccupied
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Main Entry:absent

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absent-minded UK US adjective
likely to forget things or to think about something different from what you should be thinking about

I’m getting more absent-minded as I get older.

Thesaurus: forgetful and forgetfulnesssynonym not paying attentionsynonym

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ˌabsent-ˈminded [absent-minded absent-mindedly absent-mindedness] adjective
tending to forget things, perhaps because you are not thinking about what is around you, but about sth else
Syn: forgetful

Grandpa's becoming quite absent-minded.

Derived Words:absent-mindedly absent-mindedness  
Example Bank:

an absent-minded professor/scientist


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