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English definition of “absently”

absently

adverb     /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.Not paying attentionTreating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoring
(Definition of absently adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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