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Adv.1.absentmindedly - in an absentminded or preoccupied manner; "he read the letter absently"
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(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 ?
Then looking quickly up he saw George Willard, the only newspa- per reporter in Winesburg, standing at the back door of the Eagle printshop and staring absentmindedly about.
That was what the Sowerby woman said," he muttered absentmindedly.
said he, absentmindedly, knitting his brows as the animal yelled out sharply.
Napoleon smiled and, lifting his head absentmindedly, glanced to the right.
Thornbury murmured absentmindedly, adjusting her spectacles and picking up
Almost a month having elapsed since the liniment cake episode, it was high time for her to get into fresh trouble of some sort, little mistakes, such as absentmindedly emptying a pan of skim milk into a basket of yarn balls in the pantry instead of into the pigs' bucket, and walking clean over the edge of the log bridge into the brook while wrapped in imaginative reverie, not really being worth counting.
People who eat while they are watching their favourite programme are likely to absentmindedly scoff much more than they want or need.
describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.
Ortiz walked home one run in the second inning and balked in another in the fourth when he absentmindedly rubbed his nose as he started his delivery with the bases loaded.
You see, he continued the Meldrew theme through his speech but subsequently referred absentmindedly each time to "George Meldrew.
Back in her modest Virginia hometown, her widowed father Charles (Jason Robards) is absentmindedly busting up cars, confusedly mailing off packages to his dead son and, in general, wasting away.
I even found myself being so carried away that I was absentmindedly humming the Sky Blue song all weekend and smiling to myself like a village idiot.