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ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003). I can't access the "slightly revised through July 2005" ed.

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Neither 飄 nor 然 mean 'air'. One can drift or float in water, or mentally in one's mind.

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飄's radical is 風 (wind), and 風 is created by the movent of air

然 is a word particle that indicates "like" (in the manner of)

飄然 = like floating (in the air)

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