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From Middle English absence, from Old French absence, ausence, from Latin absentia, from absēns (“absent”), present active participle of absum (“I am away or absent”), from ab (“from, away from”) + sum (“I am”).
- A state of being away or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; the period of being away. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Failure to be present where one is expected, wanted, or needed; nonattendance; deficiency. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- He had an absence of enthusiasm.
- Lack; deficiency; nonexistence. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind). [First attested in the early 18th century.]
- absence of mind
- (medicine) Temporary loss or disruption of consciousness, with sudden onset and recovery, and common in epilepsy. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (fencing) Lack of contact between blades.
- (state of being away): presence
- (lack, deficiency, nonexistence): existence, possession, sufficiency
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- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 8:
absence f (plural absences)
- “absence” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
absence (plural absences)
- 1954 [First published 1891], Francis Henry Stratmann; Henry Bradley, A Dictionary of Middle English, London: Oxford University Press: