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[ab-strak-tid] /æbˈstræk tɪd/
lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.
Origin of abstracted
First recorded in 1605-15; abstract + -ed2
Related forms
abstractedly, adverb
abstractedness, noun
nonabstracted, adjective
nonabstractedly, adverb
nonabstractedness, noun
unabstracted, adjective
unabstractedly, adverb
unabstractedness, noun
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Examples from the Web for abstractedly
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  • Charles looked at his father for permission, who said abstractedly, "Give it her."

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Bill had turned away, and was abstractedly contemplating the strangers.

  • He retrieved the 260 Herald, and abstractedly smoothed out the pages.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • "Nuffin, massa; I war only tinkin'," he abstractedly replied.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • He rises from his seat, and abstractedly stares at the Star, then at the audience.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • As he did so, he abstractedly murmured, "Parsley,—fatal to parrots."

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • "I have to be home at five," replied the Prophet, abstractedly.

  • She only sat there abstractedly, with her hand lifted from the wrist.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • “I beg your pardon,” said Terry, quietly and abstractedly, to the audience.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • "You can do as you like, Hawke," replied Dennis abstractedly.

British Dictionary definitions for abstractedly


lost in thought; preoccupied
taken out or separated; extracted
Derived Forms
abstractedly, adverb
abstractedness, noun
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