tru·​an·​cy | \ ˈtrü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio) \
plural truancies

Definition of truancy

: an act or instance of playing truant : the state of being truant

Examples of truancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carr would pick him up, sometimes as often as twice a week, until truancy issues arose. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "When kids witness police violence, the trauma doesn't end when the gun is holstered," 29 Aug. 2020 As state’s attorney, Alsobrooks also focused on truancy but took a different approach, sending prosecutors into middle schools with high rates of absenteeism to meet weekly with students. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Alsobrooks: Kamala Harris has been a ‘quintessential big sister’ for Black female leaders for years," 18 Aug. 2020 Critics have dissected her record from that time with a focus on her office’s punitive response to truancy in public schools and stubbornness in cases of wrongful convictions. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Can Kamala Harris Earn the Trust of Indian Country?," 14 Aug. 2020 Did Kamala Harris punish parents for their children’s truancy? Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Kamala Harris' Record As A Prosecutor, Explained," 12 Aug. 2020 Harris also championed a state-wide truancy law that punished and sometimes jailed the parents of habitually truant schoolchildren. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "After protracted VP search, Joe Biden goes with ‘fearless fighter’ Kamala Harris," 11 Aug. 2020 Plus the usual challenges inherent in managing this kind of group: arrests and jail, school suspensions and truancy, mental health crises. Mark Obbie, Longreads, "“We Are Not Lost Causes”," 10 Mar. 2020 Ferguson said his agency’s approach to enforcing truancy laws — which apply to children skipping school — will be much trickier. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "Curfew in New Orleans will still be enforced, NOPD says, even as school is much different," 7 Aug. 2020 She is assigned to felony criminal cases, having earlier been a general magistrate presiding over dependency and truancy cases. Orlando Sentinel Staff,, "Election 2020: Meet the candidates in key Central Florida primary races on Aug. 18," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of truancy

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Truancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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tru·​an·​cy | \ ˈtrü-ən-sē How to pronounce truancy (audio) \
plural truancies

Kids Definition of truancy

: an act or an instance of staying out of school without permission

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