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[n] failure to be present
[n] the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
[n] epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
[n] the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"

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presence, presence

Misc. Definitions

\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 A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to {presence}. Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. --Phil. ii. 1
2. Want; destitution; withdrawal. ``In the absence of conventional law.'' --Kent.
3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind. ``Reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind.'' --Addison. To conquer that abstraction which is called absence. --Landor.

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