verb (used with object)
Origin of distract
Synonyms for distract
Examples from the Web for distractible
Historical Examples of distractible
Then ten months after admission she one day suddenly became talkative, distractible and emotional, laughing and crying.Benign Stupors
Word Origin for distract
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.