What does absence mean?

absence meaning in General Dictionary

a situation of being absent or withdrawn from a spot or from company against presence

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  • the full time period during which some thing or somebody is away
  • the event of an abrupt, transient reduction or impairment of consciousness (which is maybe not subsequently recalled), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; typical in petit mal epilepsy
  • hawaii to be missing
  • failure to be present
  • A state to be absent or withdrawn from a place or from company; -- opposed to existence.
  • wish; destitution; detachment.
  • Inattention to things present; abstraction (of head); as, lack of brain.

absence meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French lack (14c.), from Latin absentia, noun of state from absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be missing," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + esse "to-be" (identify essence). Lack helps make the heart grow fonder [Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) "Isle of Beauty"]

absence - German to English

absence [epilepsy]

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  • petit mal [Epilepsia mitior]

absence - French to English


absence meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A state of being missing or withdrawn from somewhere or from company; -- in opposition to existence.

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  • (letter.) wish; destitution; withdrawal.
  • (letter.) Inattention to things current; abstraction (of brain); as, absence of mind.

Sentence Examples with the word absence

Despite the strong and graphic touches here and there, exhibiting the impression which the beauty of sea and land, the splendour of Constantinople, the magnitude of the effete but still imposing Greek power, made on him, there is not only an entire absence of dilation on such subjects as a modern would have dilated on (that was to be expected), but an absence likewise of the elaborate and painful description of detail in which contemporary trouveres would have indulged.

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