Definitions

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

  • n. Habitual failure to appear, especially for work or other regular duty.
  • n. The rate of occurrence of habitual absence from work or duty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of absenting one's self from the country or district where one's estate is situated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or practice of an absentee; esp. the practice of absenting one's self from the country or district where one's estate is situated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice or habit of being an absentee; the practice of absenting one's self from one's country, station, estate, etc.

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

  • n. habitual absence from work

Etymologies

absentee +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

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  • Being absent. Sentence- The rate of absenteeism in high
    schools is very high. (newbury dic.)

    December 6, 2010