definition 1: the state or condition of being away or not present.
example: You will have a substitute teacher during my absence.
definition 2: the state of not having; lack.
example: There was an absence of luxury in those lean times. See full entry
Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun absence (definition 2)
absence + of + NOUN: ~ evidence (e.g., Many believed his claim, but there was an absence of evidence to support it), ~ proof, ~ alternatives, ~ reference (e.g., There is a surprising absence of reference to the author’s earlier works in this article), ~ agreement (e.g., Due to the absence of agreement on the issue, no conclusions were reached), ~ consensus, ~ symptoms (e.g., The absence of symptoms does not prove an absence of infection), ~ coercion, ~ consent, ~ predators (e.g., A near absence of predators in the region has caused an alarming increase in the snake population)
ADJECTIVE + absence: total ~ , complete ~ , notable ~ , marked ~ , puzzling ~ , surprising ~ , conspicuous ~ , disappointing ~ , appalling ~ (e.g., an appalling absence of sanitary facilities), striking ~ (e.g., a striking absence of female staff members)