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

Definitions of absences word

  • noun absences state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records. 1
  • noun absences period of being away: an absence of several weeks. 1
  • noun absences failure to attend or appear when expected. 1
  • noun absences lack; deficiency: the absence of proof. 1
  • noun absences inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind. 1
  • noun absences Plural form of absence. 1

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Origin of absences

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 Absences


absences 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".

absences usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absences

noun absences

  • cuts — Computer Users' Tape System
  • deficiencies — the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
  • wants — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.
  • needs — of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must): It must needs be so. It needs must be.

Antonyms for absences

noun absences

  • presences — the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
  • surpluses — something that remains above what is used or needed.

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