[ dih-strak-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈstræk ʃən /

WATCH NOW: What Does "Distraction" Actually Mean?

WATCH NOW: What Does "Distraction" Actually Mean?

"Distraction" means your attention is drawn away by other things ... and if social media has anything to say about it we're all pretty susceptible to distractions these days.



the act of distracting.
the state of being distracted.
mental distress or derangement: That child will drive me to distraction.
that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration: The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.
that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment: Fishing is his major distraction.
division or disorder caused by dissension; tumult.

Origin of distraction

1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin distractiōn- (stem of distractiō) separation. See distract, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for distraction

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the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted
something that serves as a diversion or entertainment
an interruption; an obstacle to concentration
mental turmoil or madness
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Medical definitions for distraction

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A condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from an original focus or interest.
Separation of bony fragments or joint surfaces of a limb by extension.
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