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absente reo

[ab-sen-tee ree-oh]
adverb Law.
  1. in the absence of the defendant. Abbreviation: abs. re.
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Origin of absente reo

< Latin: literally, the party to the lawsuit (or the defendant) being away
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British Dictionary definitions for absente reo

absente reo

  1. law in the absence of the defendant
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: the defendant being absent
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