See also: absentmindedness
- The characteristic or state of being easily distracted or preoccupied. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- I don't mean to make mistakes; it's just absent-mindedness.
- For six years they had taken care of him and loved him—watched over his outgoings and his incomings and forgiven all his absent-mindednesses.
state or quality of being preoccupied
- ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “absent-mindedness”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9.