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English definition of “absence”

absence

noun uk   /ˈæb.səns/ us  

absence noun (NOT BEING PRESENT)

B2 [U or C] the fact of not being where you are usually expected to be: A new manager was appointed during/in her absence. She has had repeated absences from work this year.

absence noun (NOT EXISTING)

B2 [U] the fact of not existing: He drew attention to the absence of concrete evidence against the defendant. In the absence of (= because there were not) more suitable candidates, we decided to offer the job to Mr Conway.
(Definition of absence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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