What does absence mean?

Definitions for absence
ˈæb sənsab·sence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word absence.

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


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    A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship.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    a state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence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

  4. Origin: [F., fr. L. absentia. See Absent.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. absence

    A permission occasionally obtained, on urgent affairs, by officers to quit their duties.

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

How to pronounce absence?

  1. Alex
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How to say absence in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of absence in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    I dote on his very absence.

  2. Ovid:

    A short absence is the safest.

  3. Harry S Truman:

    The absence of war is not peace.

  4. Thomas Haynes Bayly:

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  5. Michael Crichton:

    Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Images & Illustrations of absence

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