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[dih-strak-tid] /dɪˈstræk tɪd/
having the attention diverted:
She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted sentry.
rendered incapable of behaving, reacting, etc., in a normal manner, as by worry, remorse, or the like; irrational; disturbed.
Origin of distracted
1580-90; distract + -ed2
Related forms
distractedly, adverb
distractedness, noun
nondistracted, adjective
nondistractedly, adverb
undistracted, adjective
undistractedly, adverb
undistractedness, noun Unabridged
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  • All the depth and intensity of her love compelled her so that she clung to him distractedly and with all her courage gone.

    The Garden of Swords Max Pemberton
  • distractedly Lady Kelsey sent messages to her nephew and to Mrs. Crowley.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Well then, listen; you love Mademoiselle Modeste distractedly, and you've good reason to do so.

    Modeste Mignon Honore de Balzac
  • He looked about distractedly and screwed up his eyes as if dazzled by the sun.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Then he began to search the dense coppices, occasionally roamed about distractedly, halting to listen.

  • She looked at him distractedly, brushing her hands across her eyes.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • We shall need you, Mademoiselle, the Frenchwoman said distractedly.

  • distractedly we hurried to the spot already surrounded by a crowd of slaves.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • He turned as if to rush back upstairs, distractedly, and turned again as if to rush distractedly out into the street.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Its my belief,' says my friend, 'that that woman is distractedly in love with you.'

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for distractedly


bewildered; confused
Derived Forms
distractedly, adverb
distractedness, noun
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