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English definition of “absence”

absence

noun [U] (NOT EXISTING)    /ˈæb.səns/
B2 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.Non-existence and not being
(Definition of absence noun (NOT EXISTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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