Part of speech: noun

The state, fact, or time of being absent; lack; want.

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Usage examples "absence":

  1. I came to get nine months' leave of absence for myself and all those whose time is not up. - "Land of the Burnt Thigh", Edith Eudora Kohl.
  2. During my absence Mimi had been moved to another ward. - "Bohemians of the Latin Quarter", Henry Murger.
  3. Conviction came to her slowly with the passing of time, and the absence of any word from him. - "The Stronger Influence", F.E. Mills Young.