in an absentminded or preoccupied manner

he read the letter absently

Derived from adjective: ↑absentminded (for: ↑absentmindedly), ↑inattentive, ↑abstracted (for: ↑abstractedly), ↑absent (for: ↑absently)

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  • absently — adverb in an absentminded or preoccupied manner (Freq. 6) he read the letter absently • Syn: ↑abstractedly, ↑inattentively, ↑absentmindedly • Derived from adjective: ↑absentminded ( …   Useful english dictionary

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