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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 ?
But the Showman passed on, in maiden meditation, fancy free, and being joined soon afterward by the Bear, who was absently picking his teeth, it was inferred that they were not unacquainted.
But the absurdity of it all soon dawned upon me: I laughed aloud, knocked the ashes from my pipe and again stretched myself upon my bed of boughs and grass, where I lay staring absently into my failing fire, with no further thought of either my dream or my surroundings.
What a nice-looking fellow he is," said Marilla absently.
What bothers me," remarked Peter absently, "is that skull.
What I would like to know is if Aunt Olivia is going to be married," said the Story Girl absently.
Blanche proceeded, absently winding her fingers in and out of Arnold's hair as he sat at her feet:
Instead, however, of seating herself to write, she stood by the table, absently looking down at the morsel of paper.
There is no cage," repeated Leslie absently, plucking at the fringing grasses with her slender, brown hands.
He looked absently in the main cabin as he passed it.
This was all Levin noticed, and without wondering who it could be, he gazed absently at the coach.
It was always the same; the lips close shut, the brow frowning, the eyes looking straight forward, eagerly and yet absently.
I was still on the same side of the way; now mechanically walking forward a few paces; now stopping again absently.