Habitual failure to appear, especially for work or other regular duty.(noun)
The rate of occurrence of habitual absence from work or duty.(noun)
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Use "absenteeism" in a sentence
"Another cause of widespread absenteeism is the fact that many teachers are posted to remote rural districts to which they have no previous ties or inclination to live."
"Reductions in absenteeism and improvements in worker productivity resulting from better health outcomes because of expanded coverage would particularly benefit small businesses."
"ME/CFS is the biggest single cause of long-term absenteeism among schoolchildren."