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  • n. A failure to attend; nonappearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A failure to attend; omission of attendance; nonappearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A failure to attend; omission of attendance; personal absence.

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

  • n. the failure to attend


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  • To be sure, even among Christians, some of those we are calling lapsed are themselves the children of lapsed parents, but lapsing that is, nonattendance has risen very sharply across the generations.

    American Grace

  • Congress, from the nonattendance of a few States, have been frequently in the situation of a Polish diet, where a single veto has been sufficient to put a stop to all their movements.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Filibuster Was Never a Good Idea

  • The hall where the ceremony took place was cold and the chill was unbearable in the silence when her nonattendance was noted.

    Thor Halvorssen: Yoani Sánchez Forbidden by Cuba to Collect Her Award; CEPOS Freedom Prize Presented in Absentia

  • One of her gentlewomen lent the princess her a copy of her own contraband English bible. 189 Throughout Mary's reign, Elizabeth's servants were regularly summoned before the Privy Council for questions about their nonattendance at Mass. 190 Although Elizabeth scrupulously conformed from 1553 onward, her servants kept forbidden books and absented themselves from Mass.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • The official reason for her nonattendance at the family Thanksgiving was that she lived seven hours away, but everyone knew that the real reason was the heat between Jen's husband and Isis.

    The Cool Aunt

  • On the election of delegates and also their attendance or nonattendance, see ibid., 192–230.


  • The legislature should replace him with someone “on whom greater reliance can be had,” since the likelihood of his nonattendance was too great.5


  • Red Cross in 2007, and the nonattendance of Amnesty International.

    Not Again has Become Not Another One: Genocide in Ethiopia

  • Totting up college matriculations as a way of measuring national success is doubly ill-conceived if the signaling function flips over, so that a college education becomes the norm, and college nonattendance is taken to mean “unfit for most jobs.”

    A Matter of Degrees

  • Titleist hasn't shown up since 2002, TaylorMade's equipment division (although not its Adidas apparel sibling) stayed home again this year and Ping, after five years of nonattendance, came this time only as part of a PGA of America initiative on custom club fitting.

    The Patient Is Stable


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