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 Matthew Broderick takes truancy to a whole ’nother level in a 35th-anniversary screening of John Hughes’ hit 1986 teen comedy. Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 But instead of prompting absent Democrats to return, quorum-breaking lawmakers instead appeared to double down on extending their weekslong truancy. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 12 Aug. 2021 This truancy campaign is important to keep in mind. Piper Kerman, Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Burt Neuborne, a law professor at New York University, told of his first case before Judge Weinstein, representing parents of pupils who had been expelled from city schools for truancy. Laura Mansnerus, New York Times, 15 June 2021 Dozens of pages of reports reveal a history of contact with police, including for domestic disputes, well-being checks, truancy and several instances of running away. Cristóbal Reyes,, 17 June 2021 Signals that a child was at risk included truancy, talking back to school officials or poor academic performance. NBC News, 6 June 2021 The usual truancy rules, in which the school must report to CPS any unexplained absence of more than six consecutive days, didn’t apply based on new state guidelines. Sally Ho And Camille Fassett, Chron, 29 Mar. 2021 Dallas ISD officials noted that the district has not filed any truancy court cases since spring 2020. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of truancy

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Truancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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