conspicuous by one's absence

Definition of conspicuous by one's absence

  1. :  noticed especially for not being present He was conspicuous by his absence.

Word by Word Definitions

conspicuousplay
  1. :  obvious to the eye or mind

    :  attracting attention :  striking

    :  marked by a noticeable violation of good taste

absenceplay
  1. :  a state or condition in which something expected, wanted, or looked for is not present or does not exist :  a state or condition in which something is absent

    :  a failure to be present at a usual or expected place :  the state of being absent

    :  the period of time that one is absent


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