Ab"sence (#), n. [F., fr. L. absentia. See Absent.]
A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence.
Phil. ii. 12.
Want; destitution; withdrawal.
"In the absence
Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.
"Reflecting on the little absences
and distractions of mankind
To conquer that abstraction which is called absence.
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