absence


absence
absence ab‧sence [ˈæbsns] noun [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES
when a person is not at work, for example because they are ill:

• Evelyn took charge in his absence.

• The work of the department suffered because of her frequent absences.

ˌleave of ˈabsence leaves of absence PLURALFORM HUMAN RESOURCES
permission given to someone not to be at work when normally they should be:

• Employees may only take leave of absence in special circumstances such as the death of a close relative.

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absence UK US /ˈæbsəns/ noun
[C or U] HR a time when someone is not at work or at the place they are expected to be: absence from sth »

Her absence from the meeting was noted.

in sb's absence »

His fellow directors voted in his absence to fire him.

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The worst day for workplace absences is Monday.

[U] the fact that something is not where it is needed or expected: »

The business was suffering from an absence of an overall plan for moving forward.

in the absence of sth »

In the absence of any alternative, we'll continue in the same way as before.

See also LEAVE OF ABSENCE(Cf. leave of absence)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • absence — [ apsɑ̃s ] n. f. • XIIIe; lat. absentia 1 ♦ Le fait de n être pas dans un lieu où l on pourrait, où l on devrait être. On a remarqué l absence de Monsieur X dans, (à) cette réunion. Nous avons regretté votre absence. Loc. Briller par son absence …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • absence — I (nonattendance) noun abandonment, absentia, abstention, avoidance, defection, desertion, nonappearance, nonpresence, removal, truancy, withdrawal associated concepts: absence from the state, absent creditors, absent debtor, absent defendant,… …   Law dictionary

  • absence — Absence. s. f. Eloignement d une personne qui n est point dans le lieu de sa residence ordinaire. Longue, courte absence. élégie sur une absence. en mon absence. Il se dit aussi du deffaut de presence d une personne qui ne se trouve pas à une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Absence — Ab sence, n. [F., fr. L. absentia. See {Absent}.] 1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; opposed to {presence}. [1913 Webster] Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. Phil. ii. 12. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • absence — ► NOUN 1) the state of being away from a place or person. 2) (absence of) the non existence or lack of. ● absence makes the heart grow fonder Cf. ↑absence makes the heart grow fonder …   English terms dictionary

  • absence — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. absence (14c.), from L. absentia, noun of state from absentem (nom. absens), prp. of abesse be away from, be absent, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + esse to be (see ESSENCE (Cf. ess …   Etymology dictionary

  • absence — Absence, f. penac. Absentia. Absence legitime, Absentia iusta et causaria. En nostre absence, Absentibus nobis, vel absente nobis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • absence — [n1] state of not being present absenteeism, AWOL*, cut*, French leave*, hooky*, nonappearance, nonattendance, no show*, truancy, vacancy; concept 746 Ant. existence, presence absence [n2] state of lacking something needed or usual dearth,… …   New thesaurus

  • absence — [ab′səns] n. [ME < OFr < L absentia: see ABSENT] 1. the condition of being absent, or away 2. the time of being away 3. the fact of being without; lack [in the absence of evidence] 4. inattentiveness …   English World dictionary

  • Absence — (fr., spr. Abfangs), Abwesenheit; A. d esprit (fr., spr. A. d Espri), Geistesabwesenheit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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