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[ab-suh n-tee-iz-uh m] /ˌæb sənˈti ɪz əm/
frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc.:
rising absenteeism in the industry.
the practice of being an absentee landlord.
Origin of absenteeism
First recorded in 1820-30; absentee + -ism Unabridged
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persistent absence from work, school, etc
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Word Origin and History for absenteeism

1829, from absentee + -ism; originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson's dictionary); reference to pupils or workers is from 1922.

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absenteeism in Culture

absenteeism definition

Habitual absence from work, thought to reflect employee demoralization or dissatisfaction.

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