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Inattentive or preoccupied, especially because of anxiety: "When she did not occupy her accustomed chair at the seminar, Freud felt uneasy and distrait" (Times Literary Supplement).
[Middle English, from Old French, past participle of distraire, to distract, from Latin distrahere; see distract.]
distrait(dɪˈstreɪ; French distrɛ)
[C18: from French, from distraire to distract]
[1740–50; < French < Latin distractus; see distract]
distrait, distraught - Distrait means "absent-minded as a result of apprehension, worry, etc."—while distraught means "agitated" and "bewildered, distracted."
See also related terms for worry.
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|Adj.||1.||distrait - having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety|
inattentive - showing a lack of attention or care; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"