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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
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Given our tendency to be absent-minded, it's amazing that we actually complete so many tasks everyday.
On the other hand, you may be more absent-minded than you think.
It is a mind-boggling figure - is there a council employee lurking behind every parked car waiting for an absent-minded motorist who forgets to pay and display, or a delayed shopper who over-ran their allotted time?
Instead, she needs to leave for one of her computer jobs, and she sends him to his absent-minded archeologist father.
Add a handbag, an absent-minded nanny and the redoubtable Lady Bracknell into the mix and you have the ultimate satirical farce, which is full of Wilde's sparkling one-liners.
With all those luminaries executing his bidding, it's impossible not to be won over by this absent-minded professor's Yoda-like passion.
Norwich City's centre-backs appear to have taken a similarly absent-minded approach to their work this season.
That's where one learns that black-lipped pikas (resembling a cross between a guinea pig and mouse) are hardy creatures fundamental to life on the Tibetan plains or that the absent-minded agouti (another rodent) is "the only animal that can break the hard outer shell of a Brazil-nut cluster.
The book's few well-chosen illustrations include the stereotypical portrayal of an absent-minded, egghead professor in an early novel for young adults.
95) tells of absent-minded Jackie, who's always losing his lunch pail, his math book, and even his shadow or was his shadow stolen?
From the careless way he dressed, which often raised eyebrows, to his daily lunch - granola, cream and tofu - Braude sometimes seemed to be an absent-minded professor, preoccupied with his ideas for improving the city.
Back in Iraq, meanwhile, the rumpled, absent-minded Makiya keeps cropping up in the narrative, a case study in how visionaries can ignore reality even when it is blowing up around them.