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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the fact or condition of being away or not present.
After John's third absence, the teacher called his father.An old proverb says, "absence makes the heart grow fonder."
attendance, presence
similar words:
leave, truancy
definition 2: a length of time of being away.
After an absence of two weeks, the neighbors returned from their beach trip.
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definition 3: the state of not having; lack.
I noticed the absence of games and toys in the little girl's room.
similar words:
need, want
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The word absence contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.