Etymology
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absenteeism (n.)

"practice or habit of being absent," 1822, from absentee + -ism; originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland, who lived at a distance from their estates (the earlier word was absenteeship (1778) and Johnson's dictionary has absentee in the landlord sense). In reference to pupils or workers from 1922.

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Definitions of absenteeism

absenteeism (n.)
habitual absence from work;
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