frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc.: rising absenteeism in the industry.
the practice of being an absentee landlord.

1820–30; absentee + -ism

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absenteeism (ˌæbsənˈtiːɪzəm)
persistent absence from work, school, etc

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Main Entry:  absenteeism
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See presenteeism
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Word Origin & History

1829, from absentee (absent (v.)) + -ism; originally in ref. to landlords, esp. in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson's dictionary); modern ref. to pupils or workers is from 1922.
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absenteeism definition

Habitual absence from work, thought to reflect employee demoralization or dissatisfaction.

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Example sentences for absenteeism
His school record was undistinguished, marked by absenteeism and lacklustre grades.
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