Meaning of ABSENCE in English


/ab"seuhns/ , n.

1. state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records.

2. 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.

[ 1350-1400; ME absentia. See ABSENT, -IA ]

Ant. 1. presence.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .