tru·​an·​cy ˈtrü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio)
plural truancies
: an act or instance of playing truant : the state of being truant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The school, located in College Hill and serving more than 1,100 students, also has a truancy problem, Parrish says. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 22 Nov. 2022 Vitti, while touting DPSCD’s recent efforts, believes chronic absenteeism warrants greater enforcement of truancy laws. Koby Levin And Ethan Bakuli, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2022 The program aims to reduce risk factors associated with bullying, truancy, violence, alcohol, and drug use, among other things. al, 5 Nov. 2022 School districts had paused punitive actions such as truancy court for those with a lot of unexcused absences. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Oct. 2022 The now 26-year-old singer inevitably dropped out of college, due to losing her Hope scholarship that covered most her tuition due to truancy. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2022 District staff try to avoid filing truancy charges against parents and students, Crawford-Williams said. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 25 Sep. 2022 Students had been ticketed for truancy, possession of a vaping device and vandalism. Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Over the past decade, various superintendents have tried or dismantled systems and campaigns such as Kaizen Thursdays, specialized academies within neighborhood schools, truancy and profanity crackdowns, and a more liberalized disciplinary system. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truancy was in 1784

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“Truancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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tru·​an·​cy ˈtrü-ən-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio)
plural truancies
: an act or an instance of being a truant

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