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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?
The jury was told absentmindedness and confusion led him to walk to her former address in Heol y Llan.
But absentmindedness is not just about "senior moments", says neuropsychologist Dr Joanna Iddon, co-author of Memory Boosters "In a recent study of healthy adults, the average number of memory slips, like putting the coffee jar in the fridge, was around six per week, irrespective of age, gender and intelligence," says Dr Iddon.
Then, one day in a fit of absentmindedness I forgot to 'declare my backpack free of shoplifted items' and got challenged.
Forgetfulness or absentmindedness was the hallmark of this condition, and family folklore was enriched by what lolo or lola forgot, or who he/she was unable to identify on a particular day or occasion.
However, regardless of when and with what seemingly trivial display of absentmindedness it may have begun manifesting itself, there's no denying the heart-breaking nature of Campbell's condition or the unfaltering stoicism with which it's been faced by the star.
Forgetfulness, absentmindedness, and memory issues also may show up when it comes to keeping certain appointments, recognizing key dates, or, even more importantly, maintaining medication dosages on schedule.
However, absentmindedness is not an inevitable part of ageing, nor is it confined to the elderly.
When Meursault kills an Arab on the beach, in what Camus portrays as a fit of heatstroke and absentmindedness, he is sentenced to the guillotine less because of his actual deed than because of his refusal to mourn his mother in the expected ways.
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.