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absentee

[ ab-suhn-tee ]
/ ˌæb sənˈti /
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noun

a person who is absent, especially from work or school.
a person who absents himself or herself, as a landowner who does not live on certain property owned or a voter who is permitted to cast a ballot by mail.

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Origin of absentee

First recorded in 1530–40; absent + -ee
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British Dictionary definitions for absentee

absentee
/ (ˌæbsənˈtiː) /

noun

  1. a person who is absent
  2. (as modifier)an absentee voter
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