A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. - Phillippians 2:12
Want; lack; destitution; withdrawal.
In the Absence of conventional law. - Kent
Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, Absence of mind.
Reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind. - Joseph Addison
To conquer that abstraction which is called absence. - Landor