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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun absence and its most common antonym:

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Definition of the noun absence

What does absence mean as a name of something?

Absence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: absences

  1. the state of being absent
    • example: he was surprised by the absence of any explanation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: presence
    • more generic words: deficiency / lack / want = the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    • more specific words:
      • nonoccurrence = absence by virtue of not occurring
      • awayness = the state of being elsewhere than in particular place
  2. failure to be present
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • antonym: presence
    • more generic word: nonattendance = the failure to attend
    • more specific words:
      • cut = an unexcused absence from class
      • default = loss due to not showing up
      • absenteeism = habitual absence from work
  3. the time interval during which something or somebody is away
    • example: he visited during my absence
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: interval / time interval = a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  4. 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

Alternative definition of the noun absence


  1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
  2. Want; lack; destitution; withdrawal.
  3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.


  1. Absence is a musical group.
  2. Absence is a musical group.
    • album: "Shall the Sentence Be Death"

There are other groups with in their name, like In the Absence, Absence Of Light, Absence of Concern, Absence of the Sacred.


  1. "Absence" is the third album by alternative hip-hop group Dälek, released by Ipecac Recordings in 2005.
  2. "Absence" is a musical album of Blindead.
    • released on
  3. "Absence" is a musical album of Noumena.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Absence" is the debut full-length studio album by Paper Route, released on April 28, 2009.
  5. "Absence" is the third and final album for Australian band, Snowman. It was released on 3 June 2011 via Dot Dash Recordings. It was produced by Snowman and Aaron Cupples at various locations around London. Upon the release of the album, Snowman announced their split.
  6. "Absence" is a musical EP of Kilte.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  7. "Absence" is a composition.
  8. "Absence" a.k.a. "(Absence)" is a musical album of True Colour of Blood.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  9. "Absence" is a musical album of Shattered Hope.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  10. "Absence" is a musical album of Offense.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  11. "Absence" is a musical album of In Absentia.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  12. "Absence" is a composition.


  1. "Absence" a.k.a. "Ausencia" is a 2013 short drama family fantasy film written and directed by Max Valverde-Soto.
  2. "Absence" is a film, directed by Rodolfo Kuhn and written by Osvaldo Bayer.
    • also known as Only Emptiness Remains, Todo es ausencia, Tiempo de ausencia
    • countries: Spain, Argentina
    • language: Spanish Language
    • producer: José G. Jacoste
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (31 years ago)
  3. "Absence": An emotional exploration of the complexities of family acceptance.
  4. "Absence" is a film.


Absence is a Big Finish Productions audio drama featuring Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield, a character from the spin-off media based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Phrases with Absence

Phrases starting with the word Absence:

  1. Absence of Mind
  2. absence seizure
  3. absence without leave
  4. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Phrases ending with the word Absence:

  1. pure absence
  2. simple absence
  3. complex absence
  4. leave of absence
  5. subclinical absence
  6. unauthorized absence

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absence

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

ABSENCE. Absence is a foe to love.

Absence is the worst of evils.

Google previewSartre's 'Being and Nothingness' (2009)

A Reader's Guide by Sebastian Gardner

Pierre's absence is an instance of what Sartre calls a négatité, a 'negated' – a ' negativised' state of affairs,

Google previewThe Presence of God in the World (2007)

A Contribution to Postmodern Christology Based on the Theologies of Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner by Steven G. Ogden

For Tillich, absence is an important theme. It is an experience that can be understood from three perspectives: ontological, anthropological and sociological. From an ontological perspective, absence is a distorting effect of relative non-being.

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary (2005)

by C. C. Lee

Anaerobes: Organisms that live and are active only in the absence of oxygen (CAA/COzgasl-04). Anaerobic bacteria: Bacteria that grow only ...

Google previewA Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992)

by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury, Kelsie B. Harder

absence 1. A little absence does much good. Rec. dist.: Miss. 2. Absence cools moderate passions but inflames violent ones. Rec. dist.: Miss., N.Y. ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management (2016)

by Adrian Wilkinson, Stewart Johnstone

Absence from work generally falls into two categories: planned and unplanned. Planned absence is time off work that can be scheduled in advance, such as annual leave and training. On the whole, the employer has some time to prepare and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume 2 (2015)

Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology: The Tradition of Nyaya-Vaisesika up to Gangesa by Karl H. Potter

The second definition, namely “not being a counterpositive of an absolute absence,” is ineffective. How could one who does not accept an omniscient God or yogi be convinced that knowability, etc., are not counterpositives of absolute ...

Google previewDictionary of Critical Realism (2015)

by Mervyn Hartwig

absence or real negation There are many finer meanings and figures of negation and negativity, which are conveniently listed at D: 238. It should now be apparent why CR dialectics focus mainly on the major forms indicated. All four forms ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law (2000)

by Arthur English

ABOLITOR ABSENCE gating; an amnesty ; leave given by a judge to desist from prosecution. Abolitor. One who takes away a thing. Abordage. In French law, collision of vessels. Abortion. A miscarriage, or the premature expulsion of the ...

Google previewBergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation (2016)

by R. Shane Tubbs, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas

Aside from the completely distinct and hence named anatomical variants of the pectoral muscle mass, incompletely separated segments, partial or complete absence, or accessory segments have also been reported in the past. The most ...

Google previewDictionary of European Proverbs (2012)

by Emanuel Strauss

absence is all love's crime 44 45 Polish: Czech: Latvian: Lithuanian: English: German: Latin: French: Spanish: Italian: English: German: a) dna ma b) a c) dziurawego nie napchasz d) nigdy napchasz a) se b) sud vodou c) nenaplnili, lakomci se ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume 5 (2015)

The Philosophy of the Grammarians by Harold G. Coward, K. Kunjunni Raja

If the negative particle stands for absence (abhava), then abrahmana would mean a person not existing as a brahmin, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2008)

by Christodoulos A. Floudas, Panos M. Pardalos

The four databases concerning heart disease diagnosis were Predicting Presence/Absence of Heart Disease collected by Dr. Andras Ianosi of the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Budapest; Dr. William Steinbrunn of University Hospital, ...

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Quotes about Absence

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. (Brendan Behan)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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