Meaning of ABSENCE in English
n. 1 the state of being away from a place or person. 2 the time or duration of being away. 3 (foll. by of) the non-existence or lack of. absence of mind inattentiveness.
[ ME f. OF f. L absentia (as ABSENT) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012