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[troo-uh n-see] /ˈtru ən si/
noun, plural truancies.
the act or state of being truant.
an instance of being truant:
His parents were questioned about his many truancies.
Also, truantry.
Origin of truancy
First recorded in 1775-85; tru(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nontruancy, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They treated us as truants only, and as if they quite understood our truancy.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • The thought of my truancy was no balm to my conscience just then.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • I have my own idea of how this truancy question is going to be solved.

    A Ten Year War Jacob A. Riis
  • The thought of Persis came to him now with the charm of all three—honey, truancy to duty, and danger.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Did you talk to him about his truancy, say anything to him about it, or ask him about it, how he happened to stay out of school?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin and History for truancy

1784, from truant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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