adjective ab·sent \ˈab-sənt\

: not present at a usual or expected place

: not present at all : not existing

: showing that a person is thinking about something else : showing a lack of attention to what is happening or being said

Full Definition of ABSENT

:  not present or attending :  missing
:  not existing :  lacking <danger in a situation where power is absent — M. H. Trytten>
:  lost in thought :  not attentive
ab·sent·ly adverb

Examples of ABSENT

  1. an absent father who is not home most of the time
  2. a gene that occurs in mammals but that is absent in birds
  3. a landscape in which vegetation is almost entirely absent
  4. He made an absent reply to her question as he continued to watch the TV.

Origin of ABSENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin absent-, absens, present participle of abesse to be absent, from ab- + esse to be — more at is
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to ABSENT

away, missing, out
here, in, present
See Synonym Discussion at abstracted


verb ab·sent \ab-ˈsent, ˈab-ˌ\

Definition of ABSENT

transitive verb
:  to keep (oneself) away

First Known Use of ABSENT

15th century


preposition ab·sent \ˈab-sənt\

: in the absence of (something)

Full Definition of ABSENT

:  in the absence of :  without

Examples of ABSENT

  1. Absent any objections, the plan will proceed.
  2. Absent such an agreement we can go no further.

First Known Use of ABSENT


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