un·​ex·​cused | \ ˌən-ik-ˈskyüzd How to pronounce unexcused (audio) \

Definition of unexcused

: not excused specifically : not officially excused or permitted an unexcused absence

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Taylor received several previous disciplinary letters in her personnel file for having too many unexcused absences and for tardiness. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Jail officer resigns amid FBI, Attorney General investigation into drug smuggling operation connected to Heartless Felons," 9 Aug. 2019 Overall attendance rates have been flat, while unexcused absences have risen. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward School Board makes it easier for absent students to make up work," 23 July 2019 Villanueva said schools notify parents of an issue when a child racks up five unexcused absences in a school year. Indianapolis Star, "11 parents in Johnson County face charges for kids missing school," 5 July 2019 Attendance is worth 25 points each quarter, with five subtracted per unexcused absence. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lakeview school reviewing point system that bars students from walking in 8th grade graduation," 20 June 2019 Even as their relative pay rose, some women began taking unexcused time off instead, which put them at risk of suspension or even termination. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Parsing the Gender Pay Gap," 22 Nov. 2018 The policy on chronic absences includes excused and unexcused days out of the classroom. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard school absentee rate is lowest in Maryland," 22 June 2018 This may have contributed to Brown’s unexcused absence from Steeler camp. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "At Least the Pittsburgh Steelers Have Good JuJu," 19 Sep. 2018 Someone from the department will become part of the team that will work with students who have had six or more unexcused absences. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools ramp up efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unexcused

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

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