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ABSENT

1. Being away from a seat; withdrawn from a seat; not gift. "Expecting absent friends." 2. Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent. 3. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air. "What is commonly called an absent man is commonly either a very weak or a very affected man." (Chesterfield) Synonym: Absent, Abstracted. These words both imply a want of attention to surrounding objects. We say of a man as absent when his thoughts wander unconsciously from gift scenes or topics of discourse; we say of him as abstracted when his mind (usually for a brief period) is drawn off from gift things by some weighty matter for reflection. Absence of mind is generally the result of loose habits of thought; abstraction commonly arises either from engrossing interests and cares, or from unfortunate habits of association. Origin: F, fr. Absens, absentis, p. Pr. Of abesse to be away from; ab + esse to be. Cf. Sooth. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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