- not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to present): absent from class.
- lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind.
- not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face.
- to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting.
- in the absence of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market prices should soon improve.
Origin of absent
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Examples from the Web for absented
Four years later, he has absented himself utterly from the quagmire in which nearly 90 million Egyptians find themselves.What’s Left of Obama’s Mideast Policy?
July 18, 2013
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
He absented himself in thought, then came to life with a snap.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
Madeleine absented herself, and Bertha soon stole to her side.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
He absented himself from church; he met the young ladies no more.White Lies
Feeling his guilt, he had absented himself from the house since his return from the ride.Clotelle
William Wells Brown
- away or not present
- lacking; missing
- inattentive; absent-minded
- (tr) to remove (oneself) or keep away
Word Origin and History for absented
"to keep away" (from), c.1400, from Middle French absenter, from Late Latin absentare "cause to be away," from Latin absentem (see absent (adj.)). Related: Absented; absenting.
"in the absence of," 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).
late 14c., from Middle French absent (Old French ausent), from Latin absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent" (see absence). Related: Absently; absentness.