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 September, British authorities charged two Russian men in absentia. NBC News, "U.S. announces more sanctions against Russia over poisoning of ex-spy," 3 Aug. 2019 The notorious Teamster leader's case remains unsolved, as he was declared dead in absentia in 1982. Breanna Bell,, "Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ trailer teams Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci," 30 July 2019 He was later tried and convicted in absentia for four murders committed while a member of the left-wing group Armed Proletarians for Communism. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazilian Judge Orders Arrest of Italian Fugitive Cesare Battisti," 14 Dec. 2018 The vast majority of those removal orders have been granted in absentia because the applicant did not show up to court. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remain in Mexico: Not a single migrant has been granted asylum, data shows," 30 July 2019 Of those, Albence said, 85% did not show up for their first hearing and were ordered removed in absentia. Los Angeles Times, "ICE targeted thousands in raids, but so far has only arrested 35," 23 July 2019 The Justice Department this spring launched an effort to fast-track the cases of migrant families that have crossed the border since 2017, and the move has yielded thousands of removal orders, many of them delivered in absentia. Author: Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant families wait in dread, but no sign of large-scale enforcement raids," 15 July 2019 The princess returned to Saudi Arabia within days of the incident and is being tried in absentia, despite an international arrest warrant that was issued more than a year after her departure. Washington Post, "Half sister of Saudi crown prince is on trial in Paris after theft and kidnapping charges," 11 July 2019 Nearly half of the defendants were tried in absentia. Fox News, "Egyptian court sentences 296 to prison on terror charges," 13 June 2019

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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

formal : without being present

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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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