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Meaning of “absence” - Learner’s Dictionary

absence

noun     /ˈæbsəns/
NOT THERE [C, U]
B2 a time when you are not in a particular place: Lisa will be acting as manager in Phil's absence (= while Phil is not here). A large number of absences from work are caused by back problems.Absent
NOT EXIST [U]
B2 the fact of not existing: In the absence of any proof, it is impossible to accuse her.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
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