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[ab-suh n-tee-iz-uh m]
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  1. frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc.: rising absenteeism in the industry.
  2. the practice of being an absentee landlord.
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Origin of absenteeism

First recorded in 1820–30; absentee + -ism
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  1. 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.

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absenteeism in Culture


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

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