Pronunciation: ( —adj., prep.ab'sunt; —v.ab-sent', ab'sunt),[key] —adj. 1. not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to present): absent from class. 2. lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind. 3. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face.
—v.t. to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting.
—prep. in the absence of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market prices should soon improve.