Note the key phrase, “absent a quick agreement on the nuclear issue.”
The prime minister is absent, away on his African visit, while calls for his head rain down.
Some highlights: By now audiences are savvy enough to realize that no reality show is absent some degree of manipulation.
late 14c., from Middle French absent (Old French ausent), from Latin absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent" (see absence). Related: Absently; absentness.
"to keep away" (from), c.1400, from Middle French absenter, from Late Latin absentare "cause to be away," from Latin absentem (see absent (adj.)). Related: Absented; absenting.
"in the absence of," 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).