What is another word for absently?

Pronunciation: [ˈabsəntli] (IPA)

If a person is "absently" doing something, it means they are doing it without paying full attention or with their mind wandering. Some synonyms for "absently" include: 1. Inattentively: Not paying attention or being distracted. 2. Unconsciously: Doing something without being aware of it. 3. Absent-mindedly: Being preoccupied with one's own thoughts and not fully aware of one's surroundings. 4. Distractedly: Not fully concentrating on something due to external factors. 5. Preoccupiedly: Having one's mind occupied with other thoughts, making it difficult to focus. By using any of these synonyms for "absently," one can more accurately convey the level of attention a person is giving to a task or situation.

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What are the opposite words for absently?

Antonyms, or opposites, for the word "absently" could include words such as attentively, purposefully, deliberately, actively, thoughtfully, alertly, consciously, and mindfully. All of these words convey the opposite meaning of "absently," which implies a lack of attention or focus on one's task or surroundings. For example, if someone is acting attentively, they are actively paying attention to what is happening around them and are consciously engaged with the task at hand. On the other hand, if someone is acting absently, they are likely to be preoccupied or distracted and may not be fully present in their current environment or task.

Usage examples for Absently

He made the tour of the studio several times, pausing now and then to turn a canvas about, apparently as if he would criticize it, looking at it but not regarding it, only absently turning one and another as if it were a habit with him to do so; then returning to the table he stirred the envelopes apart with one finger and finally separated one from the rest, bearing an official seal, and with it a small package carefully secured and bearing the same seal, but he did not open either.
"The Eye of Dread"
Payne Erskine
Valeria stood for a moment with her hands hanging straight at her sides, staring absently at the door.
"Lonesome Land"
B. M. Bower
Fleetwood held her closely, patted her cheek absently, and tried to think of some effective argument.
"Lonesome Land"
B. M. Bower

Famous quotes with Absently

  • In the months leading up to World War II, there was a tendency among many Americans to talk absently about the trouble in Europe. Nothing that happened an ocean away seemed very threatening.
    Gene Tierney
  • Then the children went to bed, or at least went upstairs, and the men joined the women for a cigarette on the porch, absently picking ticks engorged like grapes off the sleeping dogs. And when the men kissed the women good night, and their weekend whiskers scratched the women's cheeks, the women did not think shave, they thought stay.
    Amy Hempel
  • Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet.But now that I was finally here, actually standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care.
    Jon Krakauer

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