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[ab-suh n-tee] /ˌæb sənˈti/
a person who is absent, especially from work or school.
a person who absents himself or herself, as a landowner who does not live on certain property owned or a voter who is permitted to cast a ballot by mail.
Origin of absentee
1530-40; absent + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • However, the bond commission has been an absentee landlord giving out high bond ratings on loan packages from subprime lenders.
  • But no one could accuse him of being an absentee dad.
  • He likened the situation to allowing absentee balloting after an election has already ended.
  • Kern, the absentee owner of fifty acres, felt guilty at the rarity of his visits.
  • Robust early-vote and absentee-ballot totals followed a pre-primary turnout operation by his campaign.
  • The findings include support from voters who say they're undecided, but leaning toward a candidate, and early and absentee voters.
  • He should then feel free to make his views known to the absentee owners.
  • And at the same time there was the absentee lover, who was gone and not interested, or playing a lot of games with me.
  • The seagoing life made him largely an absentee father, though his workaholic temperament no doubt contributed to that.
  • They're reminding everyone about the large number of absentee votes that won't be counted for several days.
British Dictionary definitions for absentee


  1. a person who is absent
  2. (as modifier): an absentee voter
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Word Origin and History for absentee

1530s, from absent (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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