abscondence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abscond +‎ -ence

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /æbz.ˈkɑn.dn̩ts/, /æbz.ˈkɑn.dn̩s/, /æb.ˈskɑn.dn̩ts/, /æb.ˈskɑn.dn̩s/

Noun[edit]

abscondence ‎(plural abscondences)

  1. (rare) The act of absconding, or illicitly escaping; hiding of a fugitive. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    • 1976, Henry R. Rollin, “The care of the mentally abnormal offender and the protection of the public”, in Journal of Medical Ethics, DOI:10.1136/jme.2.4.157:
      Security as a result became a thing of the past, and as a corollary, abscondences rose dramatically.
    • 1998, Compulsory treatment for alcohol use disorders[1], page 315:
      The staff feared that earlier transfer to unlocked units would increase the abscondence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8