Definition of absence


  • the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation". Antonyms: presence.
  • failure to be present. Antonyms: presence.
  • the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence".
  • the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy. Synonyms: absence seizure.

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absenteeism, awayness, cut, default, nonoccurrence.

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  • absence is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 11 points
  • absence is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 11 points
  • absence is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 14 points
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