absente reo

[ ab-sen-tee ree-oh ]
/ æbˈsɛn ti ˈri oʊ /

adverb Law.

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
/ (æbˈsɛntɪ ˈriːəʊ) /

law in the absence of the defendant

Word Origin for absente reo

Latin, literally: the defendant being absent
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