Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; – opposed to
Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
Phil. ii. 12.
Want; destitution; withdrawal.“In the absence of conventional law.”
Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind);“Reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind.”
To conquer that abstraction which is called
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A state of being at a distance in place, or not in company. It is used to denote any distance indefinitely, either in the same town, or country, or in a foreign country; and primarily supposes a prior presence. 'Speak well of one in his absence.'
2.Want; destitution; implying no previous presence. 'In the absence of conventional law.'
3.In law, non-appearance; a not being in court to answer.
4.Heedlessness; inattention to things present. Absence of mind is the attention of the mind to a subject which does not occupy the rest of the company, and which draws the mind from things or objects which are present, to others distant or foreign.