lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.

Origin of abstracted

First recorded in 1605–15; abstract + -ed2
Related formsab·stract·ed·ly, adverbab·stract·ed·ness, nounnon·ab·stract·ed, adjectivenon·ab·stract·ed·ly, adverbnon·ab·stract·ed·ness, nounun·ab·stract·ed, adjectiveun·ab·stract·ed·ly, adverbun·ab·stract·ed·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for abstractedly

Historical Examples of abstractedly

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for abstractedly



lost in thought; preoccupied
taken out or separated; extracted
Derived Formsabstractedly, adverbabstractedness, noun
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