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English noun: absence

1. absence (state) the state of being absent


SamplesHe was surprised by the absence of any explanation.


Broader (hypernym)deficiency, lack, want


Narrower (hyponym)awayness, nonoccurrence


Antonymspresence

2. absence (act) failure to be present


Broader (hypernym)nonattendance


Narrower (hyponym)absenteeism, cut, default


Antonymspresence

3. absence (time) the time interval during which something or somebody is away


SamplesHe visited during my absence.


Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

4. absence (state) the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy


Synonymsabsence seizure


Broader (hypernym)ictus, raptus, seizure


Narrower (hyponym)complex absence, pure absence, simple absence, subclinical absence


Part meronymepilepsia minor, petit mal, petit mal epilepsy









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