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- The state of being absent, especially frequently or without good reason; the practice of an absentee. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
- The practice of absenting oneself from the country or district where one's estate is situated.
state of being absent
- ^ “absenteeism” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 9.