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Meaning of ABSENCE

Pronunciation:  'absuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  failure to be present
  2. [n]  the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
  3. [n]  epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
  4. [n]  the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"

ABSENCE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: petit mal epilepsy
 Antonyms: presence, presence
 See Also: absenteeism, awayness, complex absence, cut, default, deficiency, epilepsy, interval, lack, nonattendance, nonoccurrence, pure absence, simple absence, subclinical absence, time interval, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from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.                              --Phil. ii.

2. Want; destitution; withdrawal. ``In the absence of
   conventional law.'' --Kent.

3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as,
   absence of mind. ``Reflecting on the little absences and
   distractions of mankind.'' --Addison.

         To conquer that abstraction which is called absence.

Thesaurus Terms
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