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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  A  state  of  being  absent  or  withdrawn  from  a  place  or  from 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}. 
 
  Not  as  in  my  presence  only,  but  now  much  more  in  my 
  absence.  --Phil.  ii 
  12. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  absence 
  n  1:  the  state  of  being  absent;  "he  was  surprised  by  the  absence 
  of  any  explanation"  [ant:  {presence}] 
  2:  failure  to  be  present  [ant:  {presence}] 
  3:  the  time  interval  during  which  something  or  somebody  is 
  away  "he  visited  during  my  absence" 
  4:  epilepsy  characterized  by  paroxysmal  attacks  of  brief 
  clouding  of  consciousness  (a  possible  other  abnormalities) 
  [syn:  {petit  mal  epilepsy}] 




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