absent-mindedness


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ab·sent-mind·ed

(ăb′sənt-mīn′dĭd)
adj.
Deep in thought and heedless of present circumstances or activities; preoccupied.

ab′sent-mind′ed·ly adv.
ab′sent-mind′ed·ness n.
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absent-mindedness

absent-mindedness

noun
The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Translations

absent-mindedness

[ˈæbsəntˈmaɪndɪdnɪs] N (momentary) → distracción f; (habitual) → despiste m

absent-mindedness

n (momentary) → Geistesabwesenheit f; (habitual) → Zerstreutheit f

absent-mindedness

[ˌæbsntˈmaɪndɪdnɪs] ndistrazione f

absent

(ˈӕbsənt) adjective
not present. Johnny was absent from school with a cold.
(əbˈsent) verb
to keep (oneself) away. He absented himself from the meeting.
ˈabsence noun
1. the condition of not being present. His absence was noticed.
2. a time during which a person etc is not present. After an absence of five years he returned home.
ˌabsenˈtee noun
a person who is not present, especially frequently (eg at work, school etc).
ˌabsenˈteeism noun
being often absent from work etc without good reason. Absenteeism is a problem in some industries.
ˌabsent-ˈminded adjective
not noticing what is going on around one because one is thinking deeply. an absent-minded professor.
ˌabsentˈmindedly adverb
ˌabsent-ˈmindedness noun
References in classic literature ?
All his absent-mindedness and inability to enter a room and converse in it was, however, redeemed by his kindly, simple, and modest expression.
Whether on this account, or from absent-mindedness, or from sleepiness, she did not perceive that they had long ago passed the point at which the lane to Trantridge branched from the highway, and that her conductor had not taken the Trantridge track.
Becky resumed her picture inspections with Alfred, but as the minutes dragged along and no Tom came to suffer, her triumph began to cloud and she lost inter- est; gravity and absent-mindedness followed, and then melancholy; two or three times she pricked up her ear at a footstep, but it was a false hope; no Tom came.
I meant to have told you that we did not wish to purchase any silks to-day, but in my absent-mindedness I forgot it.
You will pardon my bluntness, but our lives are all in jeopardy here, and when we get your father back something must be done to impress upon him the dangers to which he exposes you as well as himself by his absent-mindedness.
No place for a girl," he grumbled, looking down at her with a masked expression of absent-mindedness, while his elbow powerfully crushed on the ribs of a big Irishman who gave room.
Preoccupied by the sufferings he soothed, lost in the depths of prayer, the Abbe de Sponde had periods of abstraction which the habitues of the house regarded as absent-mindedness.
The clerk stood looking after his guest, struck by his sudden absent-mindedness.
In light of this development, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to the public to be mindful of their belongings always, noting that many passengers are under intense pressure when they travel, and most often misplace their belongings through neglect or absent-mindedness.
After Aguero converted, Murphy's riposte came courtesy of that tasty finish and the absent-mindedness of Oleksandr Zinchenko, making his first Premier League start for City.
Despite twice being reassured by doctors that stress was the cause of his moments of absent-mindedness, Tsuda was eventually diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago.
When Reagan announced his Alzheimers disease diagnosis in 1994, there was much speculation that the absent-mindedness and detachment he sometimes exhibited before leaving office in 1989 may have been early signs of the condition.