Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an abstracted or absent manner.
  • In the abstract; in a separated state, or in contemplation only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an abstracted manner; separately; with absence of mind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an absentminded or preoccupied manner

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

abstracted +‎ -ly

Examples

  • She pronounced the name abstractedly, for she was surprised at the admission.

    The Trail to Yesterday

  • Mrs. Rossitur took up the magazine again abstractedly, and read –

    Queechy

  • These last may be termed abstractedly and simply friends, the former as

    Ethics

  • Apocalypse, holiness and filthiness would not be spoken of abstractedly, that is, apart from holy and _filthy_ persons, and in like manner righteousness and unrighteousness would not be mentioned apart from their necessary {117} antecedents, _personal_ righteous and unrighteous _deeds_.

    An Essay on the Scriptural Doctrine of Immortality

  • And from the business point of view it is just merely wrong to abstractedly speculate that someone wants something.

    Russia's Sechin Defends Investment Climate

  • Belden abstractedly began to light his pipe, which had failed to go out, and then brightened up with, "How 'bout yerself, stranger, — married man?"

    To The Man on the Trail

  • As he read, he abstractedly ran his fingers, with a caressing movement, through his hair.

    Chapter 31

  • Belden abstractedly began to light his pipe, which had failed to go out, and then brightened up with, "How 'bout yerself, stranger, — married man?"

    TO THE MAN ON THE TRAIL

  • In the title sequence, a woman who's neither young nor truly old gyrates mysteriously and abstractedly in the middle of a wheat field.

    'Green Zone': Thrills Vie With Speechifying

  • In the title sequence, a woman who's neither young nor truly old gyrates mysteriously and abstractedly in the middle of a wheat field.

    'Green Zone': Thrills Vie With Speechifying

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