from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being absent-minded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being absent, inattentive, or absent-minded; absent-mindedness.


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absent +‎ -ness


  • … [E] ven more amazing, she said, is his ability to know the difference between objects that are the same and those that are different, those that are bigger or smaller than others, and a concept called 'absentness'

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  • It was not the first of recent mornings that Dick had so sauntered to the window, to glance out with apparent absentness at the rush of the morning riding party in the last dash home to the hitching rails.


  • On the edge of the bed, he found himself with one shoe unlaced, and, smiling at his absentness, relaced it.


  • She nodded comprehension, looked for a moment with troubled eyes down the long room to the card-players, caught herself in her momentary absentness, and said quickly:


  • Governor Palin and her daughter are poster girls for the NO to teaching sex education is the schools -or- rather, the poster girls for teaching absentness.

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  • The reason being absentness is trouble and turmoil at work place.

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  • It was an absent response, and he fitted the hose connection onto the valve with equal absentness.

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  • Mr Waller's silence and absentness continued unchanged.

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  • Already there had crept a certain absentness into the campaigner's voice.

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  • 'Oh, the "Spectator,"' Wilfrid replied, rousing himself from absentness.

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