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 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, USA TODAY, 6 May 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 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, 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, 9 Dec. 2020 The flutterings of concern date from December, when Christopher Skaife, the tower’s ravenmaster, noticed that Merlina was absent without leave from the rest of the group — Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin and Poppy. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2021 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, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of absent without leave

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Absent without leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absent%20without%20leave. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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