Definition of in absentia in English:

in absentia


  • While not present at the event being referred to.

    ‘two foreign suspects will be tried in absentia’
    • ‘I will not participate in the Case Western Reserve University Commencement Exercises on May 18 and wish to receive my degree in absentia.’
    • ‘On December 18, 1792 Thomas Paine was tried in absentia in England for sedition, and convicted.’
    away, off, out, not present, non-attending, truant
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Latin, ‘in absence’.


in absentia

/ˌɪn abˈsɛntɪə/