ab·​sen·​tee·​ism ˌab-sən-ˈtē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce absenteeism (audio)
: prolonged absence of an owner from his or her property
: chronic absence (as from work or school)
also : the rate of such absence

Examples of absenteeism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The proportion of students attending a school with ‘chronic absenteeism’ has doubled since pre-pandemic times by Chloe Berger This edition of CEO Daily was curated by Nicholas Gordon. Alan Murray, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 The state also released data on chronic absenteeism — defined as a student missing at least 10%, which is generally 18 days, of their school year. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 At a meeting Thursday, board members also discussed what factors — such as literacy, chronic absenteeism, readiness to graduate, and college or career preparedness — will be used to measure schools in the new system. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 The White House recently announced that rates of chronic absenteeism have doubled since the pandemic, due in part to mental health and behavioral challenges. John Rogers, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 Chronic absenteeism — generally defined as when a student misses more than 10 percent of school days for any reason — surged nationally during the pandemic. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 The ongoing absenteeism underscores the complexity of turning things around, said Reyna G. García-Ramos, professor of education at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 On the one hand, the All-Ekeler pickings were a touch slim given the Pro Bowl’s quarterbacking absenteeism gets the likes of Tyler Huntley (and his pair of TD passes in 2022) recognized. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 For people who've long studied chronic absenteeism, the post-COVID era feels different. Bianca Vázquez Toness, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


absentee + -ism

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of absenteeism was in 1829

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“Absenteeism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absenteeism. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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