What does absent mean?

Definitions for absent
ˈæb sənt; æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb səntab·sent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absentadjective

    not being in a specified place

  2. lacking, absent, missing, wantingadjective

    nonexistent

    "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking"

  3. absent, absentminded, abstracted, scattyverb

    lost in thought; showing preoccupation

    "an absent stare"; "an absentminded professor"; "the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence"

  4. absent, removeverb

    go away or leave

    "He absented himself"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absentadjective

    being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  2. Absentadjective

    not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  3. Absentadjective

    inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  4. Absentverb

    to take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  5. Absentverb

    to withhold from being present

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absent

    abs′ent, adj. being away: not present: inattentive—v.t. (abs-ent′) to keep one's self away.—ns. Abs′ence, the state of being away or not present: want: inattention; Absentee′, one who is absent on any occasion: one who makes a habit of living away from his estate or his office; Absentee′ism, the practice of absenting one's self from duty or station, esp. of a landowner living away from his estate.—adv. Ab′sently. [L. absent-, pr.p. of absumab, away from, sum, esse, to be.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. absent

    A term used in military returns in accounting for the deficiency of any given number of officers or soldiers, and is usually distinguished under two heads, viz.: Absent with leave, such as officers with permission, or enlisted men on furlough. Absent without leave; men who desert are sometimes reported absent without leave, to bring their crimes under cognizance of regimental, garrison, or field-officers’ courts; thus, under mitigating circumstances, trial by general court-martial is avoided. Absence without leave entails forfeiture of pay during such absence, unless it is excused as unavoidable. An officer absent without leave for three months may be dropped from the rolls of the army by the President, and is not eligible to reappointment.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absent' in Adjectives Frequency: #769

How to pronounce absent?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of absent in a Sentence

  1. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey:

    Absent that certainty of proof, criminal charges are not appropriate and are not justice, there is no evidence suggesting any force was used for the purpose of harming Mr. Marshall.

  2. Elizabeth Bowen:

    The heart may think it knows better the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.

  3. Matthew Bryza:

    Russia’s goal in its lone mediation mission appears to be twofold: firstly, to repair its international reputation in relation to its debacle in Ukraine, and secondly to strengthen the impression in Armenia and Azerbaijan that Russia calls the shots in the South Caucasus, the fact that the U.S. administration is so absent and timid in its response has the impact of ceding the strategic field in the South Caucasus to Russia. This can have profound and dangerous consequences in Syria, Ukraine, and far beyond.

  4. Barack Obama:

    A more serious effort against ISIS in Syria is long overdue, absent a larger coherent strategy, however, these steps may prove to be too little too late. I do not see a strategy for success, rather it seems the Administration is trying to avoid a disaster while the President runs out the clock.

  5. Mike DeWalt:

    I would certainly characterize 2016 as, if its not the bottom, it certainly needs to be getting pretty close absent some sort of worldwide recession.

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