- in the absence of the defendant
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ab•sen•te re•o (ab sen′tē rē′ō),USA pronunciation [Law.]
- Lawin the absence of the defendant. Abbr.: abs. re.
- Latin: literally, the party to the lawsuit (or the defendant) being away
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absente reo /æbˈsɛntɪ ˈriːəʊ/
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