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Definition 1: failure to be present - [noun denoting act]

(absence is a kind of ...) the failure to attend

(... is a kind of absence ) an unexcused absence from class

"he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class"

(... is a kind of absence ) loss due to not showing up

"he lost the game by default"

(... is a kind of absence ) habitual absence from work

Definition 2: the state of being absent - [noun denoting state]

Samples where absence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was surprised by the absence of any explanation

(absence is a kind of ...) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

"there is a serious lack of insight into the problem" "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions" "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

(... is a kind of absence ) absence by virtue of not occurring

(... is a kind of absence ) the state of being elsewhere than in particular place

Definition 3: the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for absence in the sense of this definition

(absence is a kind of ...) a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease

"he suffered an epileptic seizure"

(... is a kind of absence ) an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)

(... is a kind of absence ) an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes

(... is a kind of absence ) a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes

(... is part of absence) epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities)

"she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood"

Definition 4: the time interval during which something or somebody is away - [noun denoting time]

Samples where absence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he visited during my absence

(absence is a kind of ...) a definite length of time marked off by two instants

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