absently


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ab·sent

 (ăb′sənt)
adj.
1. Not present; missing: absent friends; absent parents.
2. Not existent; lacking: a country in which morality is absent.
3. Exhibiting or feeling inattentiveness: an absent nod.
tr.v. (ăb-sĕnt′) ab·sent·ed, ab·sent·ing, ab·sents
To keep (oneself) away: They absented themselves from the debate.
prep.
Without: "Absent a legislative fix, this is an invitation for years of litigation" (Brian E. O'Neill).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absēns, absent-, present participle of abesse, to be away : ab-, away; see ab-1 + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

ab′sent·ly adv.

absently

(ˈæbsəntlɪ)
adv
in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively

ab•sent•ly

(ˈæb sənt li)

adv.
inattentively.
[1870–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.absently - in an absentminded or preoccupied manner; "he read the letter absently"

absently

Translations

absently

[ˈæbsəntlɪ] ADVdistraídamente

absently

[ˈæbsəntli] adv (= distractedly) → distraitementabsent-minded [ˌæbsəntˈmaɪndɪd] adj [person] (= distracted) → distrait(e)
She's a bit absent-minded → Elle est un peu distraite.absent-mindedly [ˌæbsəntˈmaɪndɪdli] adv (= distractedly) → distraitementabsent-mindedness [ˌæbsəntˈmaɪndɪdnɪs] n (= distractedness) → distraction f

absently

adv(geistes)abwesend

absently

[ˈæbsntlɪ] advdistrattamente
References in classic literature ?
Brooke rather bitterly as he absently put the dead rose in the hole he had made and covered it up, like a little grave.
She stood on the front veranda as he quitted the house, and absently picked a few sprays of jessamine that grew upon a trellis near by.
We were crossing a vast meadow by way of short-cut, and I was musing absently, hearing nothing, seeing nothing, when Sandy suddenly interrupted a re- mark which she had begun that morning, with the cry:
I spoke several times to my principal, but I judge he was not aware of it, for he always referred to his note-book and muttered absently, "I die that France might live.
He tottered to his secretary in the corner, repeated that lament again and again in heartbreaking tones, and got out of a drawer a paper, which he slowly tore to bits, scattering the bits absently in his track as he walked up and down the room, still grieving and lamenting.
Dobbins fingered his book absently for a while, then took it out and settled himself in his chair to read
He had brought a new copy of The Arabian Nights for Rebecca, wishing to replace the well-worn old one that had been the delight of her girlhood; but meeting her at such an inauspicious time, he had absently carried it away with him.
He absently broke off some morsels of dry toast from the rack near him, absently finished his first cup of tea -- then asked for a second, which he left before him untouched.
On my word, I think you are right, Lucien," said Albert absently.
He remarked absently, but justly, that the heavy weather was in our pursuer's favour.
The butler looked at him wonderingly, as he threw himself on a bench in the passage and stared absently at the clock on the opposite wall.
He sat silent, leaning upon his cane, looking absently and insensibly at the little marquise.