un·​ex·​cused ˌən-ik-ˈskyüzd How to pronounce unexcused (audio)
: not excused
specifically : not officially excused or permitted
an unexcused absence

Examples of unexcused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parker says his approach will put higher expectations on schools, parents and city agencies to report and address unexcused absences, as well as amend the truancy referral process. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 If probation is extended, judges would receive a progress report if children accrue four additional unexcused absences. Hannah Gaskill The Baltimore Sun (tns), arkansasonline.com, 10 Mar. 2024 Students who have 10 consecutive unexcused absences are automatically unenrolled from the district. The Arizona Republic, 31 Jan. 2024 An investigation found that, among other unexcused days off, Shore did not show up to work at the courthouse on a single Friday over an 18-month period from May 2021 to November 2022. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2023 Last year, Minnesota United star Emanuel Reynoso didn’t report to the MLS club for four long months, but this year’s unexcused absence lasted only one week. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 In addition to holding attendance meetings, schools are required to refer children between the ages of 5 and 13 who accumulate 10 unexcused absences to the Child and Family Services Agency for educational neglect. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2023 Chronic truancy, or when a child has at least 10 unexcused absences, fell more dramatically — from 42 percent to 37 percent — but is still several percentage points higher than what officials reported pre-pandemic. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Measure 113, a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers with 10 or more unexcused absences from serving another term, passed with more than 68% of the vote statewide, winning a majority in all but two counties. Julia Shumway, oregonlive, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexcused was circa 1650

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“Unexcused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexcused. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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