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English definition of “special leave”

special leave

noun [U]     WORKPLACE, HR
a period of time that someone is allowed to be away from work for a particular reason, for example because a family member is ill or has died
(Definition of special leave noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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