absent without leave

adjective

Definition of absent without leave

: absent without authority from one's place of duty in the armed forces

Examples of absent without leave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was removed from this agency during the academy process for being absent without leave. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Alleged Serial Rapist Identified As Former Police Recruit," 29 Aug. 2019 Those absent without leave scientists were not just stiffing their home institutions, Lauer points out. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "NIH probe of foreign ties has led to undisclosed firings—and refunds from institutions," 26 June 2019 Caesar is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, but has been absent without leave since April 2. Fox News, "AWOL Marine charged in grandmother's murder, police say," 29 Apr. 2018 The report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said 2,537 Afghan trainees have come to the U.S. since 2005, with 6 percent of them going absent without leave. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Man, 48, charged with sex abuse of young child," 23 Oct. 2017 Gase said Timmons, who went AWOL (absent without leave) on Saturday, definitely won’t practice this week or play Sunday when the Dolphins visit the New York Jets. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gase declines to elaborate on Timmons suspension, leaves door open for return," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of absent without leave

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Absent without leave.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absent%20without%20leave. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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absent without leave

ab·​sent with·​out leave

Legal Definition of absent without leave

: absent from one's place of duty in the armed forces without authority

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