I'm looking for the antonym of occurrence. I want to use it in this sentence:

Based on the occurrence/[antonym] of signals, decisions will be made.

The context is scientific. I would like to have just one word for this particular sentence.


Typical scientific/technical jargon in this kind of sentence is this:




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    Seconding presence/absence, occurrence/nonoccurrence makes much less sense in this context. – Sam May 15 '14 at 16:47

I'd suggest absence might be the word you are looking for, in the sense of the fact of being without something.


Lack might work too. Based on the occurrence or lack of signals, decisions will be made.

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