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absence
American English: /ˈæbsəns/
British English: /ˈabs(ə)ns/

Translation of absence in Spanish:

noun

uncountable and countable
  • 1 (of person) in her absence
    en su ausencia
    to be sentenced in one's absence (Law)
    ser juzgado en rebeldía
    no one mourned his absence
    nadie lamentó su ausencia
    after an absence of six weeks
    después de una ausencia de seis semanas
    her frequent absences from school
    sus frecuentes faltas de asistencia al colegio
    absence makes the heart grow fonder
    la ausencia es al amor lo que al fuego el aire: que apaga el pequeño y aviva el grande
    Example sentences
    • If a child has ten unauthorised absences during a six-week period then a parent is sent a fixed penalty notice warning.
    • However, she came under increasing criticism for her frequent absences while running her other company in Santiago de Chile.
    • The under-17 age squad was badly affected by holidays and absences but still turned in some great performances.
  • 2 uncountable (lack)absence of something
    falta (feminine) de algo
    in the absence of suitable alternatives/a better suggestion
    a falta de alternativas adecuadas/una sugerencia mejor
    there was absence of malice/intent (Law)
    no hubo dolo (penal)/intención
    Example sentences
    • In the absence of a decent World Cup anthem, we invited you to pen an official Guardian song.
    • Mr Wilkins said the absence of a cinema in the town is a commonly raised issue.
    • Yes, the almost total absence of rural policing is a major problem in urgent need of a solution.

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