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 ?
But the Showman passed on, in maiden meditation, fancy free, and being joined soon afterward by the Bear, who was absently picking his teeth, it was inferred that they were not unacquainted.
Dolly sighed gently as she held out the cakes to Silas, who thanked her kindly and looked very close at them, absently, being accustomed to look so at everything he took into his hand--eyed all the while by the wondering bright orbs of the small Aaron, who had made an outwork of his mother's chair, and was peeping round from behind it.
Then he sat down absently, looking before him, but seeing nothing.
Frayley absently drummed on the table with his fingers.
It was always the same; the lips close shut, the brow frowning, the eyes looking straight forward, eagerly and yet absently.
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:
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.
You are always discovering gold mines," said Gilbert -- also absently.
There is no cage," repeated Leslie absently, plucking at the fringing grasses with her slender, brown hands.
This was all Levin noticed, and without wondering who it could be, he gazed absently at the coach.