Definition of absently adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

absently

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˈæbsəntli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbsəntli//
 
 
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in a way that shows you are not looking at or thinking about what is happening around you He nodded absently, his attention absorbed by the screen.
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