noun ab·sence \ˈab-sən(t)s\

: a state or condition in which something expected, wanted, or looked for is not present or does not exist : a state or condition in which something is absent

: a failure to be present at a usual or expected place

: a period of time when someone is not present at a place, job, etc.

Full Definition of ABSENCE

:  the state of being absent
:  the period of time that one is absent
:  want, lack <an absence of detail>
:  inattention to present surroundings or occurrences <absence of mind>

Examples of ABSENCE

  1. The products showed a remarkable absence of defects.
  2. He had many absences from work.
  3. I expected to see her and was surprised by her absence.
  4. She returned to the company after a long absence.
  5. Moreover, he has this field pretty much to himself, for while there are many popular writers on science, there are few on engineering, an absence that is all the more remarkable since without engineering our technological world could not function. —Witold Rybczynski, New York Review of Books, 9 June 2005

Origin of ABSENCE

(see 1absent)
First Known Use: 14th century
ABSENCE Defined for Kids


noun ab·sence \ˈab-səns\

Definition of ABSENCE for Kids

:  a failure to be present at a usual or expected place
:  2lack 1, want <There was an absence of affection between members of the family.>


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