Definition for AB'SENCE

AB'SENCE, n. [L. absens, from absum, abesse, to be away; ab and sum.]

  1. A state of being at a distance in place, or not in company. It is used to denote any distance indefinitely, either in the same town, or country, or in a foreign country; and primarily supposes a prior presence; as, speak well of one in his absence.
  2. Want; destitution; implying no previous presence. In the absence of conventional law. – Ch. Kent.
  3. In law, non-appearance; a not being in court to answer.
  4. Heedlessness; inattention to things present. Absence of mind is the attention of the mind to a subject which does not occupy the rest of the company, and which draws the mind from things or objects which are present, to others distant or foreign.

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