- 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 absents
How I grieve at whatever may be the cause which absents him from his family!
Any scholar who absents himself at other times, even by leave, or breaks his leave, shall lose the time.The Story of the "Britannia"
E. P. Statham
He absents himself more and more from Beethovens lodgings and spends less and less time at his own.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
O woman, best are all things as the will of God ordains them; therefore go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more.The Mormon Prophet and His Harem
The passenger who absents himself from the concert which all other passengers attend, is both impolite and ill-bred.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
- away or not present
- lacking; missing
- inattentive; absent-minded
- (tr) to remove (oneself) or keep away
Word Origin and History for absents
"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.