Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section II. Precursory Conditions and Operations
INATTENTION, inconsideration, want of consideration; inconsiderateness &c. adj.; oversight; inadvertence or inadvertency, nonobservance, disregard.
supineness (inactivity) [See Inactivity]; étourderie [F.]; want of thought; heedlessness (neglect) [See Neglect]; insouciance (indifference) [See Indifference].
ABSTRACTION; absence of mind, absorption of mind; preoccupation, distraction, reverie or revery, brown study [colloq.], woolgathering, moonraking [dial. Eng.], pipe dream [colloq.], castle in the air, château en Espagne [F.], fancy, deep musing, fit of abstraction.
BE INATTENTIVE &c. adj.; overlook, disregard; pass by (neglect) [See Neglect]; not observe [See Attention]; think little of.
close -, shut- ones eyes to; pay no attention to; dismiss -, discard -, discharge- from ones -thoughts, - mind; drop the subject, think no more of; set -, turn -, put- aside; turn away from, turn ones attention from, turn a deaf ear to, turn ones back upon.
ABSTRACT ONESELF, dream, be somewhere else, be absent, be woolgathering, indulge in reverie or revery.
ESCAPE NOTICE, escape attention; come in at one ear and go out at the other; forget (have no remembrance) [See Oblivion]. call off -, draw off -, call away -, divert -, distract- the -attention, - thoughts, - mind; put out of ones head.
CONFUSE, disconcert, discompose, put out, perplex, bewilder, moider [dial. Eng.], fluster, flurry, rattle [colloq.], muddle, dazzle.
INATTENTIVE; unobservant, unmindful, unheeding, undiscerning; inadvertent; mindless, regardless, respectless; listless (indifferent) [See Indifference]; blind, deaf; hen-headed [colloq.], flighty, giddypated, giddy-headed, bird-witted; hand over head [rare]; cursory, percursory [rare], volatile, scatter-brained, harebrained; unreflecting, écervelé [F.], inconsiderate, offhand, thoughtless, dizzy, muzzy [colloq.], brainsick; giddy, - as a goose; wild, harum-scarum [colloq.], rantipole, heedless, careless (neglectful) [See Neglect].
ABSTRACTED, absent, distrait [F.], woolgathering, moonraking [dial. Eng.], dazed, absent-minded, lost; lost -, wrapped- in thought; rapt, in the clouds, bemused, day-dreaming; dreaming of-, musing on- other things; preoccupied, engrossed (attentive) [See Attention]; in a reverie &c. n.; off ones guard (inexpectant) [See Inexpectation]; napping; dreamy; caught napping.
DISCONCERTED, put out &c. v.; rattled [colloq.].
INATTENTIVELY, inadvertently &c. adj.; per incuriam [L.], sub silentio [L.].
stand at ease, stand easy!
The attention wanders.
Ones wits gone a -woolgathering, - birds nesting.