Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.
- Not present; missing: absent friends; absent parents.
- Not existent; lacking: a country in which morality is absent.
- Exhibiting or feeling inattentiveness: an absent nod.
- To keep (oneself) away: They absented themselves from the debate.
- Without: "Absent a legislative fix, this is an invitation for years of litigation” ( Brian E. O'Neill).