in absentia

in ab·​sen·​tia | \ ˌin-ab-ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce in absentia (audio) \

Definition of in absentia

: in absence gave him the award in absentia

Examples of in absentia in a Sentence

She was convicted of the crime in absentia.

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In October, a Dhaka court sentenced Mr. Rahman (in absentia) to life in prison for a 2004 grenade attack on Ms. Hasina that killed 24 people. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Bangladesh’s Bad Election Choice," 28 Dec. 2018 Both already have been charged in absentia by Malaysian authorities with money laundering and other offenses. Tom Wright, WSJ, "Malaysia Files Criminal Charges Against Goldman Sachs," 17 Dec. 2018 El-Ashmawi was sentenced to death in absentia last year following his conviction on terror charges. Hamza Hendawi, The Seattle Times, "Egyptian investigators in Libya to question wanted militant," 9 Oct. 2018 Gulen and several others are being tried in absentia. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey: 28 on trial over Russian ambassador’s slaying," 8 Jan. 2019 Yingluck was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thai officials say they seek UK extradition of former PM," 31 July 2018 The verdict, handed down on Monday by the Cairo misdemeanor court, was delivered in absentia. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt’s retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison," 13 Nov. 2018 British prosecutors said the two men were being charged in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and use of the nerve agent Novichok. James Rogers, Fox News, "Police 'super-recognizers' helped ID suspects in Novichok poisoning of ex-spy," 6 Sep. 2018 The percentage of children who failed to attend their hearing and were ordered removed in absentia increased from 41% in 2016 to 48% in 2017. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Investigators Fault Federal Authorities’ Tracking of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of in absentia

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of in absentia was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of in absentia

formal : without being present

in absentia

in ab·​sen·​tia | \ ˌin-ab-ˈsen-chə How to pronounce in absentia (audio) \

Legal Definition of in absentia

: in absence sentenced in absentia

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