Pronunciation: (ab'suns),[key] —n. 1. state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records. 2. period of being away: an absence of several weeks. 3. failure to attend or appear when expected.
4. lack; deficiency: the absence of proof. 5. inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind.