absence absence  /ˈæb səns/


  1. (n) the state of being absent
  2. (n) failure to be present
  3. (n) the time interval during which something or somebody is away
  4. (n) the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy



  1. That absence seems to have started at almost precisely the time she began tending the poor and dying in Calcutta, and except for a five-week break in 1959 never abated.
  2. The closer Galactica came to Earth, the closer it came to God or gods, or the absence thereof.
  3. Given the absence of absolutely identifiable sources, we set about verifying the documents to the greatest extent possible.


  1. Seven Arts Entertainment Explores Strategic Options; CEO Takes Leave Of Absence

    Seven Arts Entertainment Explores Strategic Options; CEO Takes Leave Of Absence
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Nasdaq

  2. ROMULUS: Bursts of fireworks will light sky June 29 after two-year absence

    ROMULUS — After a two-year absence, fireworks are about to return to the sky in the city.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The News-Herald

  3. Short-term absence: Vicki Reynolds returns to WACO administrative post

    By BROOKS TAYLOR Mt. Pleasant News CRAWFORDSVILLE — Vicki Reynolds’ absence was short lived. One year to be exact. Reynolds resigned following the 2011-12 term after spending 12 years in the district as elementary principal. She will return to the post this fall as WACO School Directors, meeting in regular session Monday night at the Crawfordsville center, approved her contract. Reynolds, who ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Mt. Pleasant News


  1. The CIA also decided to destroy the tapes in "the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them," Hayden wrote.
    on Dec 6, 2007 By: Michael Hayden Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Ms. Chan said: "On present evidence, the overwhelming majority of patients experience mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery, often in the absence of any form of medical treatment."
    on Jun 11, 2009 By: Margaret Chan Source: 2point6billion

  3. "After consultation with my famiy, I have decided to extend my leave of absence for the remainder of the current basketball season," Olson said.
    on Dec 6, 2007 By: Lute Olson Source: Forbes

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