Absent



not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ):
absent from class.
lacking; nonexistent:
Revenge is absent from his mind.
not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded:
an absent look on his face.
to take or keep (oneself) away:
to absent oneself from a meeting.
in the of; without:
Absent some catastrophe, stock-market prices should soon improve.
Contemporary Examples

After four months, however, a sense of urgency seems to be absent.
Where’s the Retaliation for American Deaths in Benghazi and Algeria? John Avlon January 23, 2013

The prime minister is absent, away on his African visit, while calls for his head rain down.
Murdoch Scandal’s Trollopian Turn Abby Wolf July 18, 2011

absent a complete ban, or total irrationality, judges should simply step off the seesaw.
Hands Off Those Gun Laws, Judges Eric Segall May 31, 2014

But, absent Hillary, no way 72% of any group would consider such an outcome likely in the very next election.
Is America Ready for a Female President—or Just President Hillary? Michelle Cottle May 1, 2013

Yet without money, without access, and without readership, that history McMillan seems intent on making will be absent.
It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine Alex Suskind October 13, 2014

Historical Examples

Her words were the result of an impetuous defense of the absent man.
The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum

When absent for a week, I knew to a few minutes when we should meet again.
Explorations in Australia John Forrest

But all the musical, ocular, and facial beauties are absent from writing.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864 Various

They had heard the firing of the night and were disappointed at having been absent.
The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill

They then began to talk of the absent one as had been their wont in the Dairi.
The Usurper Judith Gautier

adjective (ˈæbsənt)
away or not present
lacking; missing
inattentive; absent-minded
verb (æbˈsɛnt)
(transitive) to remove (oneself) or keep away
adj.

late 14c., from Middle French absent (Old French ausent), from Latin absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse “be away from, be absent” (see absence). Related: Absently; absentness.
v.

“to keep away” (from), c.1400, from Middle French absenter, from Late Latin absentare “cause to be away,” from Latin absentem (see absent (adj.)). Related: Absented; absenting.
prep.

“in the absence of,” 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).

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