absentee

noun
ab·​sen·​tee | \ ˌab-sən-ˈtē How to pronounce absentee (audio) \

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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Raised by a mother with substance abuse issues, with an absentee father who was imprisoned, my husband was a product of his environment. Shanon Lee, Good Housekeeping, "My Husband Cheating Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," 22 June 2015 Our efforts, combined with those of countless other activists, paid off: In the 2018 midterms, early and absentee voting by 18- to 29-year-olds surged some 700 percent in Tennessee, 500 percent in Texas, and 200 percent in Florida. Allie Holloway, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Chadwick, Laura Dern, & Diane Kruger Fight for Gun Violence Prevention," 20 Feb. 2019 State and county officials say changing the process just two weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections and with absentee voting already underway would be disruptive. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuits: Georgia absentee ballots improperly rejected," 23 Oct. 2018 Republican provisional ballots were rejected for reasons such as not being registered to vote, voting on the wrong party’s ballot, already voting by absentee or early ballot, or not signing their provisional ballot application. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Results in Democratic Baltimore County executive race not expected until at least Friday," 5 July 2018 The Democratic nomination for the Montgomery county executive is coming down to absentee and provisional ballots, with two men — a wealthy businessman and a longtime progressive politician — locked in a close battle. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 However, injury problems have mounted for the Scot and left him unable to call upon a number of key players in the past couple of weeks - absentees that have resulted in their bad form rearing its ugly head. SI.com, "Karren Brady Provokes Furious West Ham Fan Reaction After Admitting One Failure on Twitter," 6 Feb. 2018 Dowless was paid by the Harris campaign and was doing absentee work specifically, according to the Charlotte Observer and other affidavits sent to the state elections board. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 Emmy Rossum stars as Fiona Gallagher, the eldest child in a brood born to an absentee mom and a father who struggles with addiction. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 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

noun

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 How to pronounce absentee (audio) \

Kids Definition of absentee

: a person who is not present

absentee

noun
ab·​sen·​tee | \ ˌab-sən-ˈtē How to pronounce absentee (audio) \

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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absentee adjective

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