(law) In the absence of; without. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
(obsolete) Absentee; a person who is away on occasion. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the early 19th century.]
Origin of Absent
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French absenter, from Late Latin absentare (“keep away, be away”).
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