ab‧sence S3 W2
1 [uncountable and countable]
when you are not in the place where people expect you to be, or the time that you are away
in/during somebody's absence
Ms Leighton will be in charge during my absence (=while I am away).
Her work involved repeated absences from home.
the lack of something or the fact that it does not exist [≠ presence]
a complete absence of any kind of planning
In the absence of any evidence, the police had to let Myers go.
used to say that being away from someone makes you like them more