What does the word absentee mean?

Usage examples for absentee

  1. Notwithstanding the shock this occasioned to the affectionate heart and aspiring temper of our friend Paul, it abated not his ardour in that field of science which it seemed that the distinguished absentee had so successfully cultivated. – Paul Clifford, Volume 1. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. That meant only four or five to be chosen from each Freshman class, and that number of " nice" girls was not hard to find, girls who were not only well dressed, and lively and agreeable in themselves, but who came from large, well- kept, well- furnished houses on the right streets of La Chance; with presentable, card- playing, call- paying, reception- giving mothers, who hired caterers for their entertainments; and respectably absentee fathers with sizable pocketbooks and a habit of cash liberality. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  3. He had been an absentee at Norfolk Island- a convict. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan