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Definition of Absence

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failure to appear; state of being away, state of being not present
Absence Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Want; destitution; withdrawal.
Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.
A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\ab"sence\ (&?;), n. [f., fr. l. absentia. see absent.]
1. a state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence. not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. ii. 12.
2. want; destitution; withdrawal. "in the absence of conventional law."
3. inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind. "reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind." to conquer that abstraction which is called absence.

  similar words(3) 

 absence without leave 
 unauthorized absence 
 leave of absence 
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The fact of not being present or available.
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The lack of something increases the desire for it.
Used in Francis Davidson's Poetical Rhapsody, 1602. Also in Thomas Haynes Bayly's (1797-1839) Isle of Beauty. 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Isle of Beauty, Fare thee well!'.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
absence of mind: mearbhall inntinne
in his absence: agus gan é láithreach
English Phonetics
WordNet 2.0

1. the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
(antonym) presence
(hypernym) lack, deficiency, want
(hyponym) nonoccurrence
2. failure to be present
(antonym) presence
(hypernym) nonattendance
(hyponym) cut
(derivation) absent, remove
3. the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"
(hypernym) time interval, interval
4. epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
(synonym) petit mal epilepsy
(hypernym) epilepsy
(hyponym) complex absence
Absence Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To grieve over the absence of any one in your dreams, denotes that repentance for some hasty action will be the means of securing you life-long friendships.

If you rejoice over the absence of friends, it denotes that you will soon be well rid of an enemy.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Absence Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Bureau of Labor Statistics Glossary
The ratio of workers with absences to total full-time wage and salary employment. Absences are defined as instances when persons who usually work 35 or more hours per week worked less than 35 hours during the reference week for one of the following reasons: own illness, injury, or medical problems; child-care problems; other family or personal obligations; civic or military duty; and maternity or paternity leave.
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Absence Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation. Traditionally, absenteeism has been viewed as an indicator of poor individual performance, as well as a breach of an implicit contract between employee and employer; it was seen as a management problem, and framed in economic or quasi-economic terms. More recent scholarship seeks to understand absenteeism as an indicator of psychological, medical, or social adjustment to work.

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Absence Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
not being here or there
in the absence of any other symptoms = because no other symptoms are present