In the absence of gun control, says Michael Daly, we should at least heed the warning signs.
Despite the absence of a modern publicity machine, Freedom Summer had become a global event.
In the absence of UNSC action, what are we doing on the NATO front?
Follow-up colonoscopies three years hence determined the presence or absence of polyps.
The absence of command and control means there is only haphazard combat coordination on the ground.
Did any one have access to your offices during your absence from the city?
Milza was the first to observe that her absence was unusually protracted.
By a simple sic jubeo it posits a disorder which is an "absence of order."
Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.
You seem to be angry on account of my absence yesterday evening?
late 14c., from Old French absence (14c.), from Latin absentia, noun of state from absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + esse "to be" (see essence).
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
[Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) "Isle of Beauty"]
absence ab·sence (āb'səns)
See petit mal.