absent-mindedness

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Etymology[edit]

absent-minded +‎ -ness

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.sn̩tˈmaɪn.dɪd.nəs/

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absent-mindedness (countable and uncountable, plural absent-mindednesses)

  1. The characteristic or state of being easily distracted or preoccupied. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    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.

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  1. ^ “absent-mindedness” in Lesley Brown, editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9.