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 The panel found there were no detailed procedures for what commanders of small units should do if a soldier is missing, but not necessarily AWOL, or absent without leave. Arkansas Online, "14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base," 9 Dec. 2020 Rather, a Texas native, was forced out of the CBS anchor chair in 2005 after using unauthenticated documents in a 2004 report claiming that George W. Bush had gone absent without leave from the Texas Air National Guard. David Rutz, Fox News, "University of Texas ripped as 'Orwellian' for naming journalism award after Dan Rather," 17 Dec. 2020 The panel found there were no detailed procedures for what commanders of small units should do if a soldier is missing, but not necessarily AWOL, or absent without leave. Arkansas Online, "14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base," 9 Dec. 2020 The panel found there were no detailed procedures for what commanders of small units should do if a soldier is missing, but not necessarily AWOL, or absent without leave. Arkansas Online, "14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base," 9 Dec. 2020 The panel found there were no detailed procedures for what commanders of small units should do if a soldier is missing, but not necessarily AWOL, or absent without leave. Bloomberg.com, "Army Fires, Suspends 14 at Fort Hood Over Violence at Base," 8 Dec. 2020 The letter also sought extensive documentation on base policies and procedures, including details on how soldiers are determined to be absent without leave and how search-and-rescue operations are conducted for missing service members. Chuck Lindell, USA TODAY, "Congress launches probe into ‘alarming pattern’ of tragedies at Fort Hood military base," 9 Sep. 2020 The airman also faced a charge of being absent without leave from Nov. 27 until he was apprehended on Dec. 2. Anchorage Daily News, "Elmendorf-Richardson airman is demoted for peeing in the office coffee maker," 1 Mar. 2020 In May, the Pentagon was forced to pull the plug on a training program for Afghan pilots in Texas after a government watchdog discovered that some 40 percent of the students were reported as absent without leave. Fox News, "Pensacola shooting spotlights security concerns in US military programs to train foreign troops," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of absent without leave

1743, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Absent without leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absent%20without%20leave. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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