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Absence of mind vs Presence of mind

absence of mind
the mental state of preoccupation, which causes one to do smth. without realizing it.

  • Through absence of mind he walked out of the shop and left his purchases on the counter.

presence of mind
mental alertness which enables one to act quickly in an emergency.

  • With great presence of mind he grabbed the child and pulled it out of the path of the oncoming car.