Absent Definition

ăbsənt
absents
adjective
Not present; away.
Webster's New World
Not existing; lacking.
Webster's New World
Exhibiting or feeling inattentiveness.
An absent nod.
American Heritage
Not attentive; absorbed in thought.
Webster's New World
The definition of absent is something that does not exist.
An example of absent is the lack of oxygen on the moon.
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verb
absents
To keep (oneself) away.
To absent oneself from classes.
Webster's New World
Absent means taking the action to purposefully stay away or go away, often from a bad or unpleasant situation.
An example of absent would be audience members leaving during a bad movie.
YourDictionary
(rare) Leave. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
remove
preposition
Without.
American Heritage
In the absence of; lacking.
Absent her testimony, our case is weak.
Webster's New World

(law) In the absence of; without. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

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noun

(obsolete) Absentee; a person who is away on occasion. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the early 19th century.]

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Synonyms:
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Origin of Absent

  • From Middle English absent, Middle French absent, from Old French ausent, and their source, Latin absens, present participle of abesse (“to be away from”), from ab (“away”) + esse (“to be”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin absēns absent- present participle of abesse to be away ab- away ab–1 esse to be es- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French absenter, from Late Latin absentare (“keep away, be away”).

    From Wiktionary

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