[ UK /ˈæbsəns/ ]
[ US /ˈæbsəns/ ]
NOUN
  1. 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
  2. the state of being absent
    he was surprised by the absence of any explanation
  3. failure to be present
  4. the time interval during which something or somebody is away
    he visited during my absence
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How To Use absence In A Sentence

  • ‘In the absence of those assurances, we will have no choice but to ballot for industrial action,’ he said.
  • No deduction in pay is made for absence due to illness.
  • In the absence of a clear express intent to abrogate rights and obligations - rights of the highest importance to the individual - those rights remain in force.
  • The boracic powder was lifted in my absence from the _Pharmacie_ to try and get the first glimmerings of a slide on that sticky creosoted floor. Fanny Goes to War
  • The criticisms of the law, and the absence of any satisfactory rationale justifies this course.
  • Statistical analysis for significant difference in the slope of mutant induction in the presence or absence of vanillin was performed using the f-test for comparison of slopes.
  • Sometimes he is also assisted by an adjunct who will later represent him during absences.
  • I found a refreshing absence of industrial sprawl.
  • Downsizing produced an increased risk of sickness absence, in line with earlier findings.
  • In the absence of networking, students need to submit work on floppy disks.
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