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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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She rubs her wrists absently as she remembers the day, two years before, when she'd learned that her fate was intertwined with Emma's.
It's fitting that the other two straight photographs in the show, both titled Person into Room, both 2005, are blurry representations of a solitary male figure beside a wall, gazing absently, his face concealed.
Yes, well please tell us if you do," he said absently as I scurried off to check out the competition at the cake sale in the school foyer.
She clears her throat, absently scratches the patchwork of hair on her head.
We were all singing the song absently, waiting patiently for it to end so that we could get back to chatting about whatever.
The cat realized in his feline brain he'd be sat upon and dropped down, just before the man plopped into his car scratching his butt absently.
As he rather absently brushed some ash and grass off the pot his breath caught in his throat as realisation dawned.
When considering why her principal liked her, she reaches epiphany: "Perhaps [Principal Benjamin] had been drawn to Melba precisely because he had sensed in her an utter lack of distinction, a pinched, lackluster quality that would only intensify with the years, eventually yielding a person so small and blanched he could put her in the pocket of his mustard-colored frock coat, marking her absently from time to time with his thumbnail as he might mark a nutmeat.
It's those French philosophers, you said absently, they'd led me astray, especially Foucault, Derrida--and who was that other one?
She moves through Haiti scrutinising and often skewering aid workers, foreign businessmen, self-proclaimed humanitarians, Bill Clinton, the suburbanite she imagines sipping 'beer or a Diet Coke' on the couch while flipping absently through pictures of dead Haitians.
IN A SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL ROOM NOT long ago, I absently flipped through one of those forgettable in-room lifestyle magazines aimed at the casual visitor.
As she thinks, she twirls her thin fingers in her curls, which seem carefully combed, and with her other hand absently strokes my jacket.