- 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 absenting
Others are absenting themselves as part of an apparent protest.The Right Invades Washington
Samuel P. Jacobs, Shushannah Walshe
February 8, 2011
It is noteworthy that he was never fined for absenting himself as others were.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Or has she another motive for absenting herself so frequently from her home?The Wild Huntress
I remember once absenting myself from civilization for weary months.Revolution and Other Essays
Yet I suppose he was in the habit of absenting himself from home?The Leavenworth Case
Anna Katherine Green
You are going to desolate us, Jacintito, by absenting yourself?The Wolf Cub
- away or not present
- lacking; missing
- inattentive; absent-minded
- (tr) to remove (oneself) or keep away
Word Origin and History for absenting
"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.