not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ):
absent from class.
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.
Four years later, he has absented himself utterly from the quagmire in which nearly 90 million Egyptians find themselves.
What’s Left of Obama’s Mideast Policy? Marty Peretz July 17, 2013
When he became easier, he asked me why I had absented myself from home so long, and where I had been.
The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence Eugne Sue
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
If several had absented themselves from personal jealousies, others had stayed away through indifference.
Beaumarchais and the War of American Independence Vol. 1 of 2 Elizabeth S. Kite
He absented himself in thought, then came to life with a snap.
Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
He absented himself from church; he met the young ladies no more.
White Lies Charles Reade
Madeleine absented herself, and Bertha soon stole to her side.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
He had absented himself from that hospitable domain for purposes of reflection, and also to avoid the company of Mr. Du Brant.
The Captain’s Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
If for a time I have absented myself from her, it is to think and work for her redemption.
Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
Then, little by little, she absented herself from Augusta, making frequent pilgrimages to Boston.
The Church of St. Bunco Gordon Clark
away or not present
(transitive) to remove (oneself) or keep away
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.
“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.
“in the absence of,” 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).
- Absente reo
in the absence of the defendant. Abbreviation: abs. re. uknown (law) in the absence of the defendant
a person who is , especially from work or school. a person who himself or herself, as a landowner who does not live on certain property owned or a voter who is permitted to cast a ballot by mail. Contemporary Examples But absentee balloting is more vulnerable to fraud, not to mention the vaguaries of […]
- Absentee ballot
the ballot used for an absentee vote. Contemporary Examples Here in Jerusalem, I registered for an absentee ballot with a lovely Orthodox woman under a banner reading “I Vote Israel.” Hiring the Next Chief Rabbi Raphael Magarik October 4, 2012 On an absentee ballot mailed from Camp War Eagle, I voted John Kerry for president […]
- Absentee landlord
a landlord who owns but is not resident in a property. Historical Examples It is supplied by a corporation magnate removed from his audience in location, fortune, interest, and mood: an absentee landlord. The Art Of The Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay The evils of the absentee landlord are not confined to Ireland. The Leaven in […]