- A state of being away or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; the period of being away.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.]