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absente reo

[ab-sen-tee ree-oh] /æbˈsɛn ti ˈri oʊ/
adverb, Law.
in the absence of the defendant.
Abbreviation: abs. re.
Origin of absente reo
< Latin: literally, the party to the lawsuit (or the defendant) being away Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for absente reo

absente reo

/æbˈsɛntɪ ˈriːəʊ/
(law) in the absence of the defendant
Word Origin
Latin, literally: the defendant being absent
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