• A state of being away or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; the period of being away. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

    "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

  • Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind). [First attested in the early 18th century.]

    "absence of mind"

  • Lack; deficiency; nonexistence. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  • (fencing) Lack of contact between blades.
  • Failure to be present where one is expected, wanted, or needed; nonattendance; deficiency. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

    "He had an absence of enthusiasm."

  • (medicine) Temporary loss or disruption of consciousness, with sudden onset and recovery, and common in epilepsy. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

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