leave of absence

permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
the length of time granted in such permission: a two-year leave of absence.


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leave of absence
1.  permission to be absent from work or duty
2.  the period of absence

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Example sentences
If you came back and were still failing, they would give you another leave of
Methinks the professor should have taken a normal leave of absence, done her
  military duty, and returned.
Officially this is a temporary leave of absence, but he may not return.
Type the total number of days the student was on leave of absence.
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