absentee

noun
ab·sen·tee | \ˌab-sən-ˈtē \

Definition of absentee 

: one that is absent: such as

a : a proprietor that lives away from his or her estate or business

b : one missing from work or school

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Other Words from absentee

absentee adjective

Examples of absentee in a Sentence

There were 10 sick absentees that day.

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Several Southern states use it for military and overseas voters who vote absentee, to spare those voters having to mail in multiple ballots when a runoff is needed to decide a race. New York Times, "As Australia and the Oscars Go, So Goes Maine?," 11 June 2018 Team News Levante will be without Ivan Lopez (cruciate ligament rupture), Raul Fernandez (hip), Tono (muscle) and Cheick Doukoure (knee) for the visit of Barcelona, all of whom are long-term injury absentees. SI.com, "Levante vs Barcelona Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 12 May 2018 The most noteworthy absentee will be Lenny Dykstra, the only member of the team who was an uninvited guest by the Phillies. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Tribute to '93 Phillies not the same without Dutch and The Dude | Bob Brookover," 8 June 2018 But Pusha held no punches on his latest track: charging Drake with being an absentee father, using a photo of Drake in blackface as the cover art, and then confirming—and semi-torpedoing—the long-swirling rumors that Drizzy is signing with Adidas. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Pusha T Might’ve Just Confirmed Drake x Adidas," 30 May 2018 Longtime Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for county executive Sunday, besting opponent David Blair in a tight race that came down to absentee and provisional ballots. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Elrich edges out Blair in Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive," 9 July 2018 There were other prominent absentees, among them the American amateur Arthur Ashe, who would ambush the professionals to win the first United States Open later in the year. New York Times, "1968 Was a Revolutionary Year for France and the French Open," 27 May 2018 In Wednesday's vote, Swedish lawmakers approved the change by 257 votes to 38, with 54 absentees. NBC News, "Sex without explicit consent is now rape in Sweden," 24 May 2018 Four-time champion Italy is also a notable absentee, missing the Cup for just the second time in their history. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "The World Cup in Russia kicks off in less than a month. Here's what you need to know. | Miami Herald," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of absentee

1537, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absentee

borrowed from Anglo-French abscenté "person holding property in Ireland but illegally resident in England," from past participle of absenter "to be absent," verbal derivative of absent absent entry 1

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absentee

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English Language Learners Definition of absentee

: a person who is not present in a usual or expected place : a person who is absent

absentee

noun
ab·sen·tee | \ˌab-sən-ˈtē \

Kids Definition of absentee

: a person who is not present

absentee

noun
ab·sen·tee | \ˌab-sən-ˈtē \

Legal Definition of absentee 

: one that is absent: as

a : a proprietor who lives away from his or her business or estate

b : a potential party to a legal action who is not present or does not have a representative present at a proceeding

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