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

Examples of truancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Faced with cases of truancy or educational neglect, county prosecutors can press charges against parents. Molly Parker, ProPublica, 5 June 2024 The municipal tickets — for violating ordinances such as vaping, truancy and disorderly conduct — are difficult to fight and often come with fines and administrative fees that can reach hundreds of dollars. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 22 May 2024 Through the investigation, reporters documented 12,000 tickets Illinois students received over nearly three years for violations, including possession of vaping devices, disorderly conduct and truancy. Tess Kenny, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2024 Arts education also has a measurable impact on youth at risk in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for truancy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of truancy was in 1784

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“Truancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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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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