absent-minded

absent-minded or absentminded [ab′sənt mīn′did, ab′səntmīn΄did]
adj.
1. so dreamy or lost in thought as not to pay attention to what one is doing or what is going on around one
2. habitually forgetful
absent-mindedly
adv.
absent-mindedness
n.
SYN.- ABSENT-MINDED suggests an aimless wandering of the mind away from the immediate situation, often implying a habitual tendency of this kind [the absent-minded professor ]; ABSTRACTED suggests a withdrawal of the mind from the immediate present and a serious concern with some other subject; PREOCCUPIED implies that the attention cannot be readily turned to something new because of its concern with a present matter; DISTRAIT suggests inability to concentrate, often emphasizing such a condition as a mood; DISTRAUGHT implies a similar inability to concentrate, specifically because of worry, grief, etc.; INATTENTIVE implies a failure to pay attention, emphasizing such behavior as a lack of discipline

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • absent-minded — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inattentive or forgetful. DERIVATIVES absent mindedly adverb absent mindedness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Absent-minded — Ab sent mind ed, a. Absent in mind; abstracted; preoccupied. {Ab sent mind ed*ness}, n. {Ab sent mind ed*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • absent-minded — index perfunctory, thoughtless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • absent-minded — also absentminded ADJ GRADED Someone who is absent minded forgets things or does not pay attention to what they are doing, often because they are thinking about something else. In his later life he became even more absent minded. Syn: forgetful… …   English dictionary

  • absent-minded — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. abstracted, preoccupied, lost in thought, forgetful, distracted, dreamy, inattentive, lost, unmindful, absent, unheeding, heedless, oblivious, distrait, daydreaming, napping, unconscious, unaware, inadvertent, withdrawn …   English dictionary for students

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