in absentia

adverb

in ab·​sen·​tia ˌin-ab-ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce in absentia (audio)
: in absence
gave him the award in absentia

Examples of in absentia in a Sentence

She was convicted of the crime in absentia.
Recent Examples on the Web But given that no members of the group have been arrested or even indicted in absentia, its chaos will likely continue. Wired Staff, WIRED, 28 Dec. 2023 Last month, a court in Ukraine sentenced him to 14 years in prison in absentia on charges of treason. Artem Grudinin, NBC News, 7 Dec. 2023 The International Criminal Court, the usual venue for such cases, is not an option, in part because Syria is not a member of the ICC, and the court does not try cases in absentia. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 His stock with the public soared in absentia in contrast to the mayhem and squabbling in Paris, which made the ruling class look small in comparison to the man offstage. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 28 Dec. 2023 Tuen Kit Lee, 54, was convicted in absentia in 2007 and was last seen in Quincy, authorities said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2023 Instead he was sent to prison, having been found guilty in absentia. Clay Risen, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Saman’s mother, Nazia Shaheen, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, was convicted in absentia, and the young woman’s uncle, Danish Hasnain, was convicted for his involvement in her murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, reported the BBC. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 Hamdan’s absence lent her acceptance speech, delivered in absentia, an even greater charge. Ben Croll, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in absentia was in 1886

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“In absentia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20absentia. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

in absentia

adverb
in ab·​sen·​tia ˌin-ab-ˈsen-chə How to pronounce in absentia (audio)
: in absence
sentenced in absentia
Etymology

Latin

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