- In the absence of my commanding officer, I acted on my own initiative.
- In the absence of their teacher the class was in a state of anarchy.
- We are in the absence of experience.
- In the absence of Mr. Jackson, we held a meeting.
- In the absence of a book of instructions, we had to feel for the best way to set up the machine.
- A crystal defect caused by the absence of an atom, an ion, or a molecule in a crystal lattice.
- Reversion of land held under feudal tenure to the manor in the absence of legal heirs or claimants.