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?
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.