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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.
to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting.
in the absence of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market prices should soon improve.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.