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1. One who is absent without permission, especially from school.
2. One who shirks work or duty.
1. Absent without permission, especially from school.
2. Idle, lazy, or neglectful.
intr.v. tru·ant·ed, tru·ant·ing, tru·ants
To be truant.

[Middle English, beggar, from Old French; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]
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[ˈtruːəntɪŋ] n (= truancy) → absentéisme mtruant officer n fonctionnaire chargé de faire respecter les règlements scolaires
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It's vital to look at the reasons why a child's truanting, she says, as it may be because there are issues at home, they're being bullied at school, or they're scared of going to school because they're lonely or vulnerable.
A survey by the educational charity the Rathbone Trust, which has a base in Coventry, found that just 32 per cent of truanting children would go back to school because their parents were being fined or threatened with prison.
Of the 41 stopped five were found to be truanting from school, the others had genuine reason to be off with an authorised absence.
Staff put Amy Owen, 14, in the truanting register after she refused to wear a headscarf and her mum would not let her go.
QMY son has started truanting from school, it's not like him, he likes school.
INCREASING numbers of children are truanting from schools in three local authorities across South Wales.
As well as the six-week sentence for truanting, the mum-of-three had received a further seven weeks in prison after admitting committing benefit fraud totalling pounds 2,981.
But one aspect of the drive to cut truanting worries me.
"We haven't issued fixed penalty notices yet, but we are strong advocates of parenting orders and of the hard work teachers do to stop youngster truanting.
Last year, a total of 788 children were stopped for truanting in the borough.
Being out of school either truanting, on holiday or sick for more than five weeks a year cut a pupil's chances of getting one good GCSE at grade C or better by 30 per cent.
But all too easily it can become a way of life - day after day of truanting. That can destroy the future for young people who find that no school means no qualifications and no job.