absence

[ ab-suhns ]
/ ˈæb səns /

noun

state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records.
period of being away: an absence of several weeks.
failure to attend or appear when expected.
lack; deficiency: the absence of proof.
inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind.

Origin of absence

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin absentia. See absent, -ia

ANTONYMS FOR absence

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British Dictionary definitions for absences

absence

/ (ˈæbsəns) /

noun

the state of being away
the time during which a person or thing is away
the fact of being without something; lack

Word Origin for absence

C14: via Old French from Latin absentia, from absēns a being away
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Medicine definitions for absences

absence

[ ăbsəns ]

n.

petit mal
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Idioms and Phrases with absences

absence


In addition to the idiom beginning with absence

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder

also see:

  • conspicuous by its absence
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