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a position of unawareness when a person's thought processes are overwhelming enough to distract them from their surrounding environment.

ABSENT-MINDEDNESS: "Stunned at the news that she would soon be unemployed when her company went bankrupt, Sally found herself absent-minded on the drive home, remembering very little of it by the time she arrived at her doorstep."

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