capable of heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to .
something that :
tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
contemporary examples

shemilt ensures the breathability and absorbency of the 95 percent bamboo fabric tops.
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historical examples

but the amount of absorbency required is not so great as to preclude the use of size altogether.
wood-block printing f. morley fletcher

able to absorb
a substance that absorbs

1762, noun of state from absorbent; see -cy.

1718, adjective and noun, from latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).

absorbent ab·sorb·ent (əb-sôr’bənt, -zôr’-)
capable of absorption; able to absorb.
ab·sorb’ent n.

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