Noun Absence Definition and Examples







The state of being away from a place or person.
  1. 'I supervised the rehearsal in the absence of the director'
  2. 'He explained his absence by telling all concerned he was going into hospital for three weeks for an operation.'
  3. 'Whether this was discussed or not in his absence, was unclear till late in the evening.'
  4. 'Almost half were with their parents, who made some excuses for their absence.'
  5. 'So as the programme drew to a close his absence was felt more than ever before.'
  6. 'However, in her absence, I'll just have to make do with thinking about it myself.'
  7. 'Some of them had not been seen for months, if not years, and one in ten staff was unavailable because of absence.'
  8. 'That night she climbed into bed just as conscious of Will's absence now as she had been the night after he died.'
  9. 'In my father's absence he likes to visit my mother, most of the time for no reason.'
  10. 'Yet in a play that explores spiritual emptiness, the sense of absence is strangely appropriate.'
  11. 'On Wednesday night, there was a clear demonstration of the effect that absence has on colleagues.'
  12. 'The under-17 age squad was badly affected by holidays and absences but still turned in some great performances.'
  13. 'He added that his school had already greatly reduced the numbers of unauthorised absences to well below the national average.'
  14. 'The following year I implemented this regime and the absences reduced to two days in a whole year.'
  15. 'Headteacher Gillian James said the protest was good-natured but warned that future absences would be punished.'
  16. 'He has undoubtedly made up for that absence and has drawn warm praise from his manager and admiration from the fans.'
  17. 'In 2001 teachers in Doncaster and London refused to cover for absences any longer than three days.'
  18. 'Anderson's absences caused by knee problems down through the years have not proved the handicaps they could have been.'
  19. 'All school absences should be explained in writing to your child's teacher.'
  20. 'All council staff know that the majority of absences are left uncovered.'
  21. 'Rex continues to preach once each quarter and happily stands in for any absences.'
  22. 'she found his total absence of facial expression disconcerting'
  23. 'How could you have possibly not noticed the absence of such a fundamental requirement?'
  24. 'The absence of a smoke detector in the room has prompted an immediate investigation.'
  25. 'Mr Wilkins said the absence of a cinema in the town is a commonly raised issue.'
  26. 'In the absence of any treatable cause, the best that can be offered is control of the symptoms.'
  27. 'In the absence of a decent World Cup anthem, we invited you to pen an official Guardian song.'
((n.) A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.|--|(n.) Want; destitution; withdrawal.|--|(n.) Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.|--|)


1. state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records.

2. period of being away: an absence of several weeks.

3. failure to attend or appear when expected.

4. lack; deficiency: the absence of proof.

5. inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind.


"There can be absence rates."
"There can be absence policies."
"There can be absence letters."
"There can be absence stirs."
"There can be absence monitorings."
"There can be absence mails."
"There can be absence cultures."
"There can be absence whiles."
"There can be absence types."
"There can be absence trends."
"There can be absence thereofs."
"There can be absence slips."
"There can be absence seizures."
"There can be absence screens."
"There can be absence provisions."
"There can be absence occasions."
"There can be absence notes."
"There can be absence means."
"There can be absence levels."
"There can be absence keenlies."

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin absentia, from absens, absent- (see absent).

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