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absent

adjective absorbed, abstracted, astray, away, bare, bemused, blank, deficient, devoid, elsewhere, flown, gone, heedless, lost, missing, not present, nowhere to be found, null and void, preoccupied, vacant, vacuous, wanting
Associated concepts: absent intent, absent malice, absent the elements of a crime, new trial based on absence of an accused, counsel, evidence, absent witness
See also: lost, oblivious, truant, vacuous
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, I felt that, if I began to do anything at all, I should do it in an absent-minded, haphazard sort of way--of that I felt certain.
L'Abbe Fouquet perceived that the poet, absent-minded, as usual, was about to follow the two talkers, and he interposed.
They were both noticeably absent-minded when the old lady's retinue set their meal before them; so none broke their reserve, for it is not lucky to annoy guests.
So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.
Among his minor peculiarities are that he is careless as to his attire, unclean in his person, exceedingly absent-minded in his habits, and addicted to smoking a short briar pipe, which is seldom out of his mouth.
He settled himself with comfort in his arm-chair and began to talk in the tone of a somewhat absent-minded lecturer:
The men who sat nearest considerately turned their faces towards the other end of the field, some of them beginning to smoke; one, with absent-minded fondness, regretfully stroking the jar that would no longer yield a stream.
Outside it, in the scene of his actual life, he moved with a growing sense of unreality and insufficiency, blundering against familiar prejudices and traditional points of view as an absent-minded man goes on bumping into the furniture of his own room.
Yes, truly," replied the young man, and fell back into his glacial and absent-minded silence.
But my head is heavy, and I seem so absent-minded nowadays
Listen to me, you eternally absent-minded creature," said Moliere.
I'm afraid I've been absent-minded," she began, remembering how often William had brought this charge against her.