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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh ns]
    • /ˈæb səns/
    • /ˈæbsəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh ns]
    • /ˈæb səns/

Definitions of absence word

  • variable noun absence Someone's absence from a place is the fact that they are not there. 3
  • singular noun absence The absence of something from a place is the fact that it is not there or does not exist. 3
  • noun absence the state of being away 3
  • noun absence the time during which a person or thing is away 3
  • noun absence the fact of being without something; lack 3
  • noun absence the condition of being absent, or away 3

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Origin of absence

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin absentia. See absent, -ia

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Absence


absence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

absence usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absence

noun absence

  • cut — If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut a shape or a hole in something, you make the shape or hole by using a knife or similar tool.
  • vacancy — the state of being vacant; emptiness.
  • hooky — unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): On the first warm spring day the boys played hooky to go fishing.
  • absenteeism — Absenteeism is the fact or habit of frequently being away from work or school, usually without a good reason.
  • truancy — the act or state of being truant.

Antonyms for absence

noun absence

  • abundance — An abundance of something is a large quantity of it.
  • plenty — a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
  • presence — the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
  • sufficiency — the state or fact of being sufficient; adequacy.
  • surplus — something that remains above what is used or needed.

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