- 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
Antonyms for absence
Related Words for absencesdeficiency, drought, lack, omission, dearth, cut, vacancy, hooky, absenteeism, truancy, nonattendance, AWOL, nonappearance, privation, void, inadequacy, insufficiency, want, need, unavailability
Examples from the Web for absences
Contemporary Examples of absences
His absences accumulated, and soon we more often found Daquan leaning against the wall of the corner bodega than in a desk.He Was My Favorite Student, and They Say He Killed a Baby
September 13, 2013
They confronted the entertainer about his inattentiveness and absences.Murray's Sloppy Paper Trail
November 7, 2011
Crossdale soon noticed an improvement in behavior and attitude, a decrease in detentions and absences.Boys' Self-Esteem Problems
November 11, 2010
But as Caine tells it in the book, “We were at school and there was no reason to question [her absences] at all.”Michael Caine Tells His Life Straight
October 25, 2010
He avoids confrontation and the limelight, but he could not suppress his dismay about the absences that inaugural day.Vet Snub Shocks Families
Leslie H. Gelb
July 18, 2010
Historical Examples of absences
Mrs. Jupe's absences from home were now more frequent than ever.The Christian
Had these daily absences any connection with the great mystery?The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
It was during one of these absences of hers that Lyle made his appearance.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
In his absences she jumped from stage to stage of character—almost of identity!Blow The Man Down
I am prepared for blame on account of some of the absences of mention.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
- 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
Word Origin and History for absences
late 14c., from Old French absence (14c.), from Latin absentia, noun of state from absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + esse "to be" (see essence).
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
[Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) "Isle of Beauty"]
- petit mal
Idioms and Phrases with absences
In addition to the idiom beginning with absence
- absence makes the heart grow fonder
- conspicuous by its absence