frequent or habitual from work, school, etc.:
rising absenteeism in the industry.
the practice of being an .
Contemporary Examples

Plus, studies have shown that, by meeting nursing women’s needs, employers can lower rates of absenteeism and turnover.
How Breast Pumps Became a Political Issue Danielle Friedman February 18, 2011

Historical Examples

Are we to set all this down to absenteeism, and pity poor injured Ireland?
The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book William Makepeace Thackeray

Here appears to be a case, not of rack-renting, but of absenteeism.
Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888) William Henry Hurlbert

The absenteeism of her Emperors was producing its inevitable result.
The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam

In other words, rent was increased, and absenteeism became general.
Is Ulster Right? Anonymous

Apart altogether from the views of political economists, there are certain evils which result from absenteeism.
The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902) John O’Rourke

Let us now inquire how things stood with regard to absenteeism.
The Open Secret of Ireland T. M. Kettle

Many of the settlers found their position intolerable, and, in spite of severe ordinances, absenteeism constantly increased.
Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II) Richard Bagwell

Ireland then was in a state of national ruin and semi-barbarism; one of the most palpable evils of Irish life was absenteeism.
Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift Jonathan Swift and J. Bowles (John Bowles) Daly

He deplores the prevalence of ca’canny, of absenteeism, of the aggressive spirit shown towards the employers.
The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 Various

persistent absence from work, school, etc

See presenteeism

1829, from absentee + -ism; originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson’s dictionary); reference to pupils or workers is from 1922.

Habitual absence from work, thought to reflect employee demoralization or dissatisfaction.


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