absent-mindedly


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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.
Translations

absent-mindedly

[ˈæbsəntˈmaɪndɪdlɪ] ADVdistraídamente

absent-mindedly

adv behavezerstreut; look(geistes)abwesend; he absent-mindedly forgot itin seiner Zerstreutheit hat er es vergessen

absent-mindedly

[ˌæbsntˈmaɪndɪdlɪ] advdistrattamente
References in classic literature ?
A plowman was skinning his farm one morning--not the steepest part of it, but still a steep part--that is, he was not skinning the front of his farm, but the roof of it, near the eaves--when he absent-mindedly let go of the plow-handles to moisten his hands, in the usual way; he lost his balance and fell out of his farm backward; poor fellow, he never touched anything till he struck bottom, fifteen hundred feet below.
If he can draw, he will draw absent-mindedly on blotting paper.
He would have swum to shore with merely a feeling of amused self-reproach akin to that of the man who absent-mindedly walks into a lamp-post in the street.
Foinet stood for a moment in front of Clutton's work, biting his thumb silently, then absent-mindedly spat out upon the canvas the little piece of skin which he had bitten off.
She began her sentence, at any rate, and Katharine sat down at her own table, untied the bundle of old letters upon which she was working, smoothed them out absent-mindedly, and began to decipher the faded script.
Twice within the past few minutes he has started absent-mindedly across the tracks in the direction of a near-by swamp, only to be rescued and dragged back by the tireless Mr.
Daylight hefted it absent-mindedly, and, still absent-mindedly, untied the strings and ran some of the gold-dust out on his palm.
When he had taken it down the day before he had folded it in four, absent-mindedly, before dropping it on the table.
Raskolnikov at once pretended not to have seen him, but to be looking absent-mindedly away, while he watched him out of the corner of his eye.
But the pressure to avoid any gaffes was still huge - the Prime Minister was at The Plough at Cadsden, near Chequers, where he absent-mindedly left daughter Nancy behind after a family visit in 2012.
I always think that checked patterns have the feel of something that has been doodled, perhaps absent-mindedly while someone is on the phone.
Dear Alex, I PICKED up my boyfriend's smartphone to use the web browser and absent-mindedly started playing with his Facebook app.