- leave from duty, work, or the like, granted because of illness.
Origin of sick leave
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for sick leave
It is now broad daylight, and high time for a man on sick-leave to be in bed.Wanderings in India
He is to have sick-leave whenever the Endymion returns to Portsmouth.
They had been hoping all the while for a pension, but in their service book was written "on sick-leave."Yiddish Tales
His indolences of the sick-leave period were now sloughed from him.V. V.'s Eyes
Henry Sydnor Harrison
“It does not appear to me that you are at all in need of sick-leave,” said Mrs. de Tracy suspiciously.
- leave of absence from work through illness
- Paid absence from work allowed an employee because of sickness.