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English definition of “absence”

absence

noun [C/U]  /ˈæb·səns/ us  
the state of not being somewhere, or a period in which you are not somewhere: [C] She has had repeated absences from school this year. An absence can also be a lack of existence: [U] He drew attention to the absence of any solid evidence against the defendant.
absent
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈæb·sənt/ us  
If Callie is absent from school, she should bring a note from home.
absently
adverb  /ˈæb·sənt·li/ us  
He stared out the window, absently rubbing his cheek.
(Definition of absence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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