ab·​sen·​tee·​ism | \ ˌab-sən-ˈtē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce absenteeism (audio) \

Definition of absenteeism

1 : prolonged absence of an owner from his or her property
2 : chronic absence (as from work or school) also : the rate of such absence

Examples of absenteeism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chronic absenteeism increased the most among English learners, students of color and students who are economically disadvantaged. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Chronic absenteeism is associated with lower grades and graduation rates. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 Under performing employees and employee absenteeism are challenging situations for even the most experienced managers to handle. Roberta Matuson, Forbes, 4 May 2021 In Massachusetts, chronic absenteeism — the percentage of students who missed more than 10 percent of the school year — spiked from Fall River to Rockland to Woburn. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021 Ignoring the need now will result in significant business impact across employee engagement, absenteeism, presenteeism, medical spend and disability claims. Forrester, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The reasons for chronic absenteeism vary, according to Mosely. Pamela Kirkland, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 More frequent and pronounced reactions could lead to higher rates of absenteeism from work on the day after the second inoculation. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 12 May 2021 Education officials want to cut the rate of chronic absenteeism in Ohio’s schools in half. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of absenteeism

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for absenteeism

absentee + -ism

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The first known use of absenteeism was in 1829

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13 Jun 2021

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“Absenteeism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absenteeism. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of absenteeism

: a tendency to be away from work or school without a good reason : the practice or habit of being absent from work or school

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