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 The Russians are not in custody, and the charges were filed in absentia to Ukrainian courts. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Most recently, in 2017, Judge Scott Gordon denied Braun’s motion for dismissal and a motion to have Polanski sentenced in absentia. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 18 July 2022 Braun plans to file a motion to have Polanski sentenced in absentia in the coming weeks, which could quash the warrant for his arrest in the U.S. James Queallystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the building, one joyous Sri Lankan wrote on Twitter after the country’s president resigned in absentia Thursday. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 18 July 2022 The Abu Dhabi Money Laundering Court also ordered that Ghafoor pay a fine of $816,748 stemming from his in absentia conviction., 17 July 2022 He was recently tried in absentia and sentenced to life in prison after being found complicit in Sankara’s murder in 1987 and for undermining state security. Oumar Zombre And Sam Mednick, ajc, 7 July 2022 This fake self is contrived in absentia from the connectivity that even the most unaware take for granted. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 Pinchas Goldschmidt was re-elected this week in absentia to another seven-year term as Moscow's chief rabbi. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of in absentia

1886, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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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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