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[mass noun] The action of staying away from school without good reason; absenteeism.‘fines to tackle truancy’
absenteeism, non-attendance, absence, playing truant, truantingskiving, bunking off, waggingplaying hookey, goofing off, ditchingplaying the wagView synonyms
- ‘Other funds are aimed at developing alternatives to exclusion from schools if pupils are involved in bullying or truancy.’
- ‘Officials suggested some of the rise in truancy was due to headteachers getting tough, leading to more recorded cases.’
- ‘Going on holiday without a school's permission is tantamount to truancy, said the junior education minister.’
- ‘Last year's figures were better, with one of the lowest growths in truancy for a long time, but still showed a slight increase.’
- ‘A national crackdown on truancy has seen fast-track court action against parents of hardcore truants.’
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