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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

“We have a pretty good lead, but who knows where the absentees are going to go,” Moffatt said.
Palin’s New Man in Alaska Shushannah Walshe August 25, 2010

Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees.
There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran Leslie H. Gelb October 17, 2014

Historical Examples

This is accomplished as follows: the doors of the House are closed, the roll is called, and absentees noted.
Our Government: Local, State, and National: Idaho Edition J.A. James

absentees and loiterers were hurried to their boxes by horse-patrols.
Diderot and the Encyclopdists John Morley

Dobrynya is furious, as these absentees are sometimes pleased to be.
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Volume I of 5) Various

The General is becoming excited on the subject of absentees.
The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty

Thus Miss Dickenson, laying unnecessary stress on the absentees.
When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan

We had to ask no end of questions about Siam because the lecture was postponed for the absentees.
Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic

The Cabinet, however, had decided to postpone action until the morrow, when Cameron and other absentees would be present.
Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie

I thought it strange that this man should be amongst the absentees.
The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie


a person who is absent
(as modifier): an absentee voter


1530s, from absent (v.) + -ee.


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