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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?
At his trial, he'd blamed absentmindedness 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.
And because what greets you when you get home chronicles the dissonance and absentmindedness that attends to people who leave home for a long time and return to be ostracised, the poet, in Prayer for an asylum seeker, renders a spiritual evocation for migrants who tread precarious road to reach Europe.
One of his favorites is about an old-timer known for his absentmindedness. Picture a stubbly beard, a dusty face with lots of creases from working outdoors, and an odor--well, let's just say it would offend our modern sensibilities.
This was interpreted as absentmindedness on the PM's part and that he was not aware of the country's affairs.
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.
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.