abstracted
adjective Date: 1643 1. withdrawn in mind ; inattentive to one's surroundings <
said hello but seemed abstracted
>
2. abstract 4 <
abstracted geometric shapes
>
abstractedly adverbabstractedness noun Synonyms: abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters <
walking about with an abstracted air
>
. preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others <
too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal
>
. absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters <
an absent stare
>
. absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness <
so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes
>
. distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety <
was too distracted by grief to continue working
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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