absenteeism

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noun ab·sen·tee·ism \ˌab-sən-ˈtē-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of absenteeism

  1. 1 :  prolonged absence of an owner from his or her property

  2. 2 :  chronic absence (as from work or school); also :  the rate of such absence

Origin and Etymology of absenteeism

absentee + -ism


First Known Use: 1829


ABSENTEEISM Defined for English Language Learners

absenteeism

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noun ab·sen·tee·ism \ˌab-sən-ˈtē-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of absenteeism for English Language Learners

  • : 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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