- 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
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Examples from the Web for distractedly
"But the fellow was forever sticking in here," he burst out, distractedly.Tales of Unrest
I heard him slap his forehead, and say distractedly, "But perhaps she is not in a ship."Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
"I think I've seen to everything," said Mrs. Stanton distractedly.For the Sake of the School
She looked at him distractedly, the fire burning through her heart.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
Distractedly Lady Kelsey sent messages to her nephew and to Mrs. Crowley.The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
- bewildered; confused
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