Definitions for absenceˈæb səns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•senceˈæb səns(n.)

  1. the state of being away or not being present.

  2. a period of being away:

    an absence of several weeks.

  3. failure to attend or appear when expected.

  4. lack; deficiency:

    the absence of proof.

  5. inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness:

    absence of mind.

Origin of absence:

1350–1400; ME < MF < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absence(noun)

    the state of being absent

    "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"

  2. absence(noun)

    failure to be present

  3. absence(noun)

    the time interval during which something or somebody is away

    "he visited during my absence"

  4. absence, absence seizure(noun)

    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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. absence(noun)ˈæb səns

    ≠ presence

    In her absence, you're in charge.; student absences

  2. absenceˈæb səns

    a lack of

    the absence of good leadership


  1. absence(Noun)

    A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship.

  2. absence(Noun)

    Failure to be present where one is expected, wanted, or needed; nonattendence; deficiency.

  3. absence(Noun)

    Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind)

    absence of mind.

  4. absence(Noun)

    Temporary lossor disruption of consciousness, with sudden onset and recovery, and common in epilepsy.

  5. absence(Noun)

    Lack of contact between blades.

  6. Origin: From absent, from absentia, from absens, present active participle of absum, from ab + sum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absence(noun)

    a state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence

  2. Absence(noun)

    want; destitution; withdrawal

  3. Absence(noun)

    inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1745

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4745

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absence' in Nouns Frequency: #779

Translations for absence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the condition of not being present

His absence was noticed.

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