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absenteeism

[ ab-suhn-tee-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌæb sənˈti ɪz əm /
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noun

frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc.: rising absenteeism in the industry.
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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British Dictionary definitions for absenteeism

absenteeism
/ (ˌæbsənˈtiːɪzəm) /

noun

persistent absence from work, school, etc
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Cultural definitions for absenteeism

absenteeism

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

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