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absently

adverb uk   us   /ˈæb.sənt.li/
as if you are not paying attention to what is happening near you, and are thinking about other things: He stared absently at his food.
Translations of “absently”
in Chinese (Traditional) 心不在焉的, 出神的…
in Russian рассеянно…
in Turkish düşünmeden, rastgele…
in Chinese (Simplified) 心不在焉的, 走神的…
in Polish bezmyślnie, tępo…
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