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ab suhns

  • n  the state of being absent
    he was surprised by the absence of any explanation
  • n  failure to be present
  • n  the time interval during which something or somebody is away
    he visited during my absence
  • 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

  • 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.
  • The closer Galactica came to Earth, the closer it came to God or gods, or the absence thereof.
  • Given the absence of absolutely identifiable sources, we set about verifying the documents to the greatest extent possible.
News & Articles


  • Michael Hayden in International Herald Tribune
    The CIA also decided to destroy the tapes in "the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them," Hayden wrote.
  • Margaret Chan in 2point6billion
    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."
  • Lute Olson in Forbes
    After consultation with my famiy, I have decided to extend my leave of absence for the remainder of the current basketball season,Olson said.

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