[ ab-suh n-tee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌæb sənˈti ɪz əm /


frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc.: rising absenteeism in the industry.
the practice of being an absentee landlord.

Nearby words

  1. absente reo,
  2. absentee,
  3. absentee ballot,
  4. absentee landlord,
  5. absentee vote,
  6. absentia,
  7. absently,
  8. absentminded,
  9. absidia,
  10. absinthe

Origin of absenteeism

First recorded in 1820–30; absentee + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for absenteeism


/ (ˌæbsənˈtiːɪzəm) /


persistent absence from work, school, etc
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Word Origin and History for absenteeism



1829, from absentee + -ism; originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson's dictionary); reference to pupils or workers is from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for absenteeism


Habitual absence from work, thought to reflect employee demoralization or dissatisfaction.

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