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Abscent vs. Absent — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Published on September 17, 2023
"Abscent" is an incorrect spelling. The right spelling is "absent," meaning not present or lacking.

Difference Between Abscent and Absent

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Which is correct: Abscent or Absent

How to spell Absent?

Abscent

Incorrect Spelling

Absent

Correct Spelling

Key Differences

"Absent" is spelled without the "c" after "s".
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Recall "absent" as "ab-sent" where someone is sent away and is not there.
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Think of the related word "absence", which also lacks a "c".
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Remember "absent" shares a structure with "present" where both lack a "c" in the middle.
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When pronouncing "absent", there isn't a 'k' sound, which "c" would create.
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Compare with Definitions

Abscent

Abscent is an incorrect spelling of absent.
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Absent

Not present in a place.
John was absent from the meeting.
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Absent

Not existing.
The necessary tools were absent.
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Absent

Not attending or participating.
He was absent during the crucial vote.
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Absent

Showing inattention or distraction.
She had an absent look on her face.
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Absent

Not present; missing
Absent friends.
Absent parents.
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Absent

Not existent; lacking
A country in which morality is absent.
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Absent

Exhibiting or feeling inattentiveness
An absent nod.
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Absent

To keep (oneself) away
They absented themselves from the debate.
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Absent

Without
"Absent a legislative fix, this is an invitation for years of litigation" (Brian E. O'Neill).
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Absent

(not comparable) Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present; missing.
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Absent

(not comparable) Not existing; lacking.
The part was rudimental or absent.
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Absent

(comparable) Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied.
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Absent

(with definite article) Something absent, especially absent people collectively; those who were or are not there.
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Absent

An absentee; a person who is not there.
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Absent

In the absence of; without; except.
Absent taxes modern governments cannot function.
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Absent

(reflexive) To keep (oneself) away.
Most of the men are retired, jobless, or have otherwise temporarily absented themselves from the workplace.
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Absent

To keep (someone) away.
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Absent

Stay away; withdraw.
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Absent

Leave.
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Absent

Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.
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Absent

Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent.
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Absent

Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air.
What is commonly called an absent man is commonly either a very weak or a very affected man.
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Absent

To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; - used with the reflexive pronoun.
If after due summons any member absents himself, he is to be fined.
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Absent

To withhold from being present.
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Absent

Go away or leave;
He absented himself
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Absent

Not in a specified place physically or mentally
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Absent

Lost in thought; showing preoccupation;
An absent stare
An absentminded professer
The scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence
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Absent

Lacking or missing.
The document was absent of any signatures.
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Common Curiosities

Why is it called absent?

It comes from Latin "absens" meaning "away, missing."
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What is the verb form of absent?

To "absent oneself."
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What is the root word of absent?

Derived from Latin "absens."
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Which article is used with absent?

Both "an" and "the" can be used, depending on the context.
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Is absent an abstract noun?

No.
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Which vowel is used before absent?

Depends on context; there's no fixed vowel.
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What is the plural form of absent?

Absents (but rarely used this way).
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Which preposition is used with absent?

"From" as in "absent from."
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What is the pronunciation of absent?

/ˈæb.sənt/.
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What is the singular form of absent?

Absent.
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Which conjunction is used with absent?

Not specific to the word "absent."
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Is the absent term a metaphor?

No, but it can be used in metaphorical expressions.
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Is absent a negative or positive word?

Neutral, but often carries a negative context.
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What is the opposite of absent?

Present.
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What is the first form of absent?

Absent (as in to "absent oneself").
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How do we divide absent into syllables?

Ab-sent.
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What is another term for absent?

Missing or gone.
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Is absent a vowel or consonant?

"Absent" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.
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What is a stressed syllable in absent?

The first syllable, "ab."
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What is the second form of absent?

Absented.
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How is absent used in a sentence?

"She was absent from school today."
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Is absent an adverb?

No, but "absently" is the adverb form.
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Is absent a countable noun?

No, "absent" is not typically used as a noun.
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Is the word absent imperative?

No.
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What is the third form of absent?

Absented.
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Is absent a noun or adjective?

Adjective.
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Is absent a collective noun?

No.
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How many syllables are in absent?

Two syllables.
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What part of speech is absent?

Adjective.
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Which determiner is used with absent?

Determiners like "the" or "an" can be used depending on context.
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