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Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present. Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air. To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; - used with the reflexive pronoun. To withhold from being present. 


Syn. - Absent, Abstracted. These words both imply a want of attention to surrounding objects. We speak of a man as absent when his thoughts wander unconsciously from present scenes or topics of discourse; we speak of him as abstracted when his mind (usually for a brief period) is drawn off from present things by some weighty matter for reflection. Absence of mind is usually the result of loose habits of thought; abstraction commonly arises either from engrossing interests and cares, or from unfortunate habits of association. not present; not existing; showing that one is not paying attention; to keep oneself away.

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