Definitions

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  • noun Not being present; absence.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ presence

Examples

  • And it's not really just that he can't act, but instead that to me he's pretty much a "nonpresence," if that's even anything resembling an actual word.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Mr. Monti rebuffed the skepticism, saying "the nonpresence of political personalities will make it easier" to act decisively in rolling out economic measures.

    Italy Premier Appoints Emergency Government

  • Japan has consistently been a nonpresence on the top ten international airport list, which is dominated by Asian gateways: in 2010, Singapore's Changi Airport, South Korea's Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport were the top three in the world respectively, according to the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

    Japan Offers Long-Awaited Alternative to Narita

  • Agamben, philosophy, to renew its power of thought, must be made to come into some radical and liberatory alignment with a theory of language whose rule of the negative (the nonpresence marked by sign) is so far overthrown that — as paradoxical as this would be meant to sound if Agamben had actually articulated the parallel between linguistics and philosophy on this score — things conjured in language need not mean what they mean.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • While you're pondering that capital-q question, you can't help but notice that Tarantino is finally using his twitchy nonpresence to his advantage.

    Tarantino Is Undead

  • What characterizes metaphysics for Derrida is the emphasis on "presence" and its correlative negation, "nonpresence".

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • What characterizes metaphysics for Derrida is the emphasis on "presence" and its correlative negation, "nonpresence".

    enowning

  • There was one other absentee whose nonpresence I had been willing to ignore until some rational excuse for her disappearance arose.

    Water Sleeps

  • Q Mr. President, what can you tell us about the presence, or nonpresence of missiles at the -- of the Persian Gulf?

    President And Pm Of Netherlands Press Conference

  • He was talking about the three other women, whose nonpresence had hovered over the trial from the beginning.

    The Verdict

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