in absentia

[ in ab-sen-shuh, -shee-uh, -tee-uh ]
/ ɪn æbˈsɛn ʃə, -ʃi ə, -ti ə /

adverb Latin.

in the absence of the person involved: He was sentenced in absentia by the court.

Nearby words

  1. in a walk,
  2. in a way,
  3. in a while,
  4. in a word,
  5. in a world of one's own,
  6. in addition,
  7. in advance,
  8. in aeternum,
  9. in all,
  10. in all one's born days Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in absentia

in absentia

/ Latin (ɪn æbˈsɛntɪə) /


in the absence of (someone indicated)he was condemned in absentia
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Word Origin and History for in absentia

in absentia

Latin, literally "in (his/her/their) absence" (see absence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with in absentia

in absentia

While not present, as in He was tried and convicted in absentia, or He was awarded his degree in absentia. This expression is Latin for “in absence”; its use in English dates from the late 1800s.

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