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 No final decision has been made, officials said, and as of now King’s status is still AWOL, or absent without leave. Gawon Bae, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 Just last month, Daniel W. Swift, a Navy SEAL who was reported absent without leave, was killed in Ukraine, officials confirmed to CBS News. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 3 Feb. 2023 Under the Hunter provision, if members are absent without leave — something granted only by a majority vote — they can be punished. Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2023 The only judge to be convicted by the Senate was one impeached for being absent without leave. Haley Bemiller, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 All were judges in the early 1800s, and all were acquitted, meaning the Senate didn’t vote to finalize their removal, except for one judge who was absent without leave. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2022 Leaving without sanction or quitting is considered AWOL or absent without leave. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2021 For failing to report for duty, after more than 24 hours he normally would have been listed as absent without leave, or AWOL. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 4 July 2021 Beagle said the Army may also take disciplinary action of its own, including charges of being absent without leave and theft of a weapon from the base. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absent without leave was in 1743

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“Absent without leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absent%20without%20leave. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

absent without leave

ab·​sent with·​out leave
: absent from one's place of duty in the armed forces without authority
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