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Absence

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Absence \Ab"sence\, noun [F., fr. L. absentia. See {Absent}.]

1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to {presence}.

Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. --Phil. ii. 12.

2. Want; destitution; withdrawal. "In the absence of conventional law." --Kent.

3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind. "Reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind." --Addison.

To conquer that abstraction which is called absence. --Landor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

absence

noun

1: the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation" [ant: {presence}]

2: failure to be present [ant: {presence}]

3: the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"

4: the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy [syn: {absence}, {absence seizure}]


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