n. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; - opposed to presence. Want; destitution; withdrawal. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind. not present or removed from. not present at a particular time. A failure to appear when expected or required. A state of being absent from one’s place of residence. The nonappearance of a party to litigation. The nonappearance of a person summoned as a witness.
- (Civil Law) Being an absent person.