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truancy

[troo-uh n-see] /ˈtru ən si/
noun, plural truancies.
1.
the act or state of being truant.
2.
an instance of being truant:
His parents were questioned about his many truancies.
Also, truantry.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; tru(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nontruancy, noun
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Examples from the web for truancy
  • They were the ones that had an absentee problem in elementary and middle school and a truancy problem in high school.
  • Failure to comply, the couple was told, would result in criminal truancy charges.
  • Some of the symptoms are slowness, procrastination, lethargy regarding schoolwork and a tendency to participate in truancy.
  • To discourage such acts, the city is trying to crack down on truancy and curfew violations.
  • His absenteeism culminated with a call from the truancy police.
  • The truancy law gives us the right to stop them whether or not they're engaged in criminal activity.
  • It is also at this stage that truancy commences, if only for the impossibility of it preceding formalized education.
  • truancy laws puts that responsibility on the legal guardian to ensure that they are in school.
Word Origin and History for truancy
n.

1784, from truant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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