1. [ noun ] the state of being absent

"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"

Related terms: presence lack nonoccurrence awayness
2. [ noun ] failure to be present
Related terms: presence nonattendance absenteeism default cut absent
3. [ noun ] the time interval during which something or somebody is away

"he visited during my absence"

Related terms: time_interval
4. [ noun ] (medicine) epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
Synonyms: petit_mal_epilepsy
Related terms: epilepsy subclinical_absence pure_absence complex_absence
Similar spelling:   absentee