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Noun1.absentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignoredabsentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
preoccupancy, preoccupation, engrossment, absorption - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
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Was it possible that I could convince him that I was merely the victim of my own absentmindedness, and not an unprincipled creature trying to obtain a ride upon false pretenses?
Executing habitual behaviours or multi-tasking can lead to absentmindedness.
Some, of course, are almost unavoidable - perhaps caused by a moment's absentmindedness on the part of a driver or a pedestrian.
But, it can also manifest as fear, absentmindedness, tiredness, anxiety, irritability, boredom and withdrawal.
Coverage is all-risk worldwide--even absentmindedness with rings in public washrooms or cameras falling overboard on a cruise.
It's not because of my absentmindedness, I just like a bit of order in my otherwise slightly scatty life.
In obstetrical literature, absentmindedness during pregnancy is often denoted as “baby-brain” and surveys of pregnant women do suggest that around half complain of “sporadic cognitive lapses.
A couple of weekends ago, I hit a trifecta of absentmindedness, all in the name of running errands that were intended to help me get organized.
A normal little boy whose looks, clumsiness, and absentmindedness in normal circumstances would make him a punching bag, but whose sufferings are defined by wartime and postwar Poland's anti-Semitism.
What some call the 'unconscious', according to Singer, 'resides within the peripheries of ordinary consciousness in the way that unmindfulness does, or even absentmindedness, in situations where we act spontaneously and may not be wholly aware of what we have done' (221).
Today's cultural controllers should heed the warning that the bread and circuses that they supply are not guaranteed to pacify or induce distracted absentmindedness in the general public.
Will the gentleman who calls himself Houdina or Houdiana and in a fit of absentmindedness walked away from Huddersfield forgetting to pay his board bill to Mrs Scott of St Peter's Street kindly send that lady her money," the ad reads.