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.
Recent Examples on the Web But there are more migrants whose MPP cases were closed in absentia — 28,000 — than those with active MPP cases. Washington Post, "They missed their U.S. court dates because they were kidnapped. Now they’re blocked from applying for asylum.," 24 Apr. 2021 Three top government leaders who had fled abroad following the end of World War I were tried in Turkey and sentenced to death in absentia, but not for the crime of genocide, which was only codified after World War II. James Hookway, WSJ, "Armenian Genocide: What You Need to Know About the 1915 Atrocities," 24 Apr. 2021 All but two of the defendants are in hiding and were tried in absentia, the state television report said. New York Times, "More Bloodshed in Myanmar as Crackdown on Coup Protests Continues," 11 Apr. 2021 Their names and photos matched two Russians whom British authorities charged in absentia in 2018 with trying to kill former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Soviet nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury. Karel Janicek, Star Tribune, "Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute," 19 Apr. 2021 Alvarez was indicted on the murder charge in absentia in December 2013. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Suspect in custody 7 years after fatal shooting of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD employee," 11 Mar. 2021 In a new law published Tuesday, Francis made two modifications to criminal trial procedures when defendants don't show up, one of which allows their lawyers to defend them fully even in absentia. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Pope again updates Vatican legal code amid scrutiny, probes," 16 Feb. 2021 The Vatican lifted his immunity in July 2019, and his trial in absentia was held Nov. 10. Washington Post, "World Digest: Dec. 16, 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 In an unusual move, Cefolia sold the house in absentia in November. Bob Goldsborough,, "Despite his disappearance, missing United Airlines exec Jake Cefolina sells Elmhurst home for $523,000," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of in absentia

1886, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“In absentia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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