absent-mindedness


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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.
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absent-mindedness

absent-mindedness

noun
The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Translations

absent-mindedness

[ˈæbsəntˈmaɪndɪdnɪs] N (momentary) → distracción f; (habitual) → despiste m

absent-mindedness

n (momentary) → Geistesabwesenheit f; (habitual) → Zerstreutheit f

absent-mindedness

[ˌæbsntˈmaɪndɪdnɪs] ndistrazione f

absent

(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 ?
All his absent-mindedness and inability to enter a room and converse in it was, however, redeemed by his kindly, simple, and modest expression.
Whether on this account, or from absent-mindedness, or from sleepiness, she did not perceive that they had long ago passed the point at which the lane to Trantridge branched from the highway, and that her conductor had not taken the Trantridge track.
Becky resumed her picture inspections with Alfred, but as the minutes dragged along and no Tom came to suffer, her triumph began to cloud and she lost inter- est; gravity and absent-mindedness followed, and then melancholy; two or three times she pricked up her ear at a footstep, but it was a false hope; no Tom came.
I meant to have told you that we did not wish to purchase any silks to-day, but in my absent-mindedness I forgot it.
You will pardon my bluntness, but our lives are all in jeopardy here, and when we get your father back something must be done to impress upon him the dangers to which he exposes you as well as himself by his absent-mindedness."
"No place for a girl," he grumbled, looking down at her with a masked expression of absent-mindedness, while his elbow powerfully crushed on the ribs of a big Irishman who gave room.
Preoccupied by the sufferings he soothed, lost in the depths of prayer, the Abbe de Sponde had periods of abstraction which the habitues of the house regarded as absent-mindedness. In any case, he talked little; but his silence was affable and benevolent.
The clerk stood looking after his guest, struck by his sudden absent-mindedness. He had not even remembered to say goodbye, and Lebedeff was the more surprised at the omission, as he knew by experience how courteous the prince usually was.
If you think a colleague is suffering from a lack of sleep, look out for symptoms, such as a deterioration in their performance, poor concentration, absent-mindedness, memory lapses, and bad mood.
Sometimes, a missed payment happens purely because of absent-mindedness, and the survey found that is most common among the wealthy.
This creates "a vicious cycle of exertion and absent-mindedness".
At the Caernarfon crown court trial in July last year, he'd blamed absent-mindedness for walking out of Debenhams with a PS72 bottle of Giorgio Armani aftershave, and said it was human error when he wasn't thinking because of stress.