Definition of absence of mind in English:

absence of mind

phrase

  • Failure to concentrate on or remember what one is doing:

    ‘his reply conveyed his absence of mind’
    • ‘The separation of company and government was more apparent than real throughout this period, but if the empire was not won in a fit of absence of mind, it certainly did not grow according to any grand design.’
    • ‘While there were periods of indecision in the conquest of this corner of the Empire, there was no absence of mind.’
    • ‘The idea that competent writers produce first-rate verse in a fit of absence of mind, not knowing it to be good, is altogether too absurd to be considered.’
    • ‘I can't believe I actually had the absence of mind to even start caring for you, because look where it got me.’
    • ‘By all accounts he was a good lecturer, although better in his younger days than towards the end of his life, when his absence of mind made him the victim of practical jokes.’
    • ‘As a professed historian, he exhibits an inexcusable absence of mind.’
    • ‘But I have nevertheless gone straight to the bathroom, not in unfreedom of will but in ridiculous absence of mind.’
    • ‘The American empire did not develop, as has been said of its British predecessor, in a fit of absence of mind.’
    • ‘The Victorian historian J.R. Seeley famously joked that the British had ‘conquered and peopled half the world in a fit of absence of mind.’’
    pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, self-absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, brooding
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