absently

[ ab-suh nt-lee ]
/ ˈæb sənt li /
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adverb

in an absent-minded manner; inattentively.

Nearby words

  1. absentee ballot,
  2. absentee landlord,
  3. absentee vote,
  4. absenteeism,
  5. absentia,
  6. absentminded,
  7. absidia,
  8. absinthe,
  9. absinthism,
  10. absit omen

Origin of absently

First recorded in 1870–75; absent + -ly

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absently

/ (ˈæbsəntlɪ) /

adverb

in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively
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