from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. While or although not present; in absence: was tried and convicted in absentia.

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  • adv. While not present; while absent

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. while absent; although absent


Latin in absentiā : in, in + absentiā, ablative of absentia, absence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin in + absentia, absence (Wiktionary)


  • Spataro had been building a potential terrorism case against Abu Omar for months before his kidnapping; as a result of his investigation, a number of Abu Omar’s acquaintances were convicted of terrorism offenses and in 2005 Abu Omar himself was indicted in absentia on charges that he had been recruiting fighters to go to Iraq.

    The Longest War

  • A letter from Lucius Appuleius Saturninus drove out all hope of a plebiscite authorizing him to stand in absentia a third time.

    The First Man in Rome

  • The business at Tridentum has strengthened your own candidacy in absentia for yet another consulship, but Catulus Caesar won’t be holding any elections until after you meet your Germans!

    The First Man in Rome

  • Perspiration broke out on her limbs as she imagined herself entwined in his embrace, transformed him into an incubus, moved her arms and legs, caressed his back and experienced in absentia the soft curl of his tongue on her breasts and the lithe pressure of his weight.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • This man’s demands for tribute from the locals, enforced by hideous atrocities, energized the Didionite authorities, who condemned Rothbannon to death in absentia and sent a warship to carry out the sentence.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Radvanyi, the highest-ranking Soviet Bloc defector during the Cold War, was tried in absentia by a Budapest court and sentenced to death for treason.

    Enemies of the People

  • Commanded SS division Das Reich 1944; Himmler's Chief of Staff, Army Group Vistula, Jaruary-March 1945; condemned to death in absentia Bordeaux 1951; still wanted for the Oradour massacre.



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