in absentia

in ab·​sen·​tia | \ ˌin-ab-ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ə \

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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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 The 141 women who were in attendance, with many others in absentia, received a standing ovation from the crowd. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Aly Raisman and More Than 100 Women Join Onstage at the ESPYs to Accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award," 19 July 2018 Sharif was sentenced in absentia on July 6 over his family's purchases of luxury apartments in London. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "From jail, Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif appeals his sentence," 16 July 2018 Both were sentenced in absentia while in Britain, where Sharif’s critically ill wife is hospitalized. Zaheer Babar,, "Pakistan ex-PM’s party: Police arresting Sharif’s supporters," 12 July 2018 The same court convicted Browder of tax evasion in another trial in absentia in 2013. Washington Post, "Russia critic Browder says he’s been arrested in Spain," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of in absentia

1886, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of in absentia

: without being present

in absentia

in ab·​sen·​tia | \ ˌin-ab-ˈsen-chə \

Legal Definition of in absentia

: in absence sentenced in absentia

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