Absent is defined as not in attendance or missing.(adjective)
An example of absent is a student who stays home from school.
The definition of absent is something that does not exist.(adjective)
An example of absent is the lack of oxygen on the moon.
Absent is someone who is not paying attention.(adjective)
An example of someone who is absent is a person who is daydreaming.
Absent means taking the action to purposefully stay away or go away, often from a bad or unpleasant situation.(verb)
An example of absent would be audience members leaving during a bad movie.
See absent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr < L absens, prp. of abesse < ab-, away + esse, to be: see is
See absent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin absēns, absent-
Origin: , present participle of abesse, to be away
Origin: : ab-, away; see ab-1
Origin: + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.
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