- in the absence of the person involved: He was sentenced in absentia by the court.
- in the absence of (someone indicated)he was condemned in absentia
Word Origin and History for in absentia
Latin, literally "in (his/her/their) absence" (see absence).
Idioms and Phrases with 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.