- The state of being absent, especially frequently or without good reason; the practice of an absentee. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
- The practice of absenting oneself from the country or district where one's estate is situated.
state of being absent
- ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “absenteeism”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9.