the act of remitting.
pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.
abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.
a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs: The patient's leukemia was in remission.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin remissiōn- (stem of remissiō). See remiss, -ion

nonremission, noun

remission, remittance.

2. absolution. 3. lessening, relaxation. 4. release.

2. blame, censure. 3. intensification. Unabridged
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remission or remittal (rɪˈmɪʃən, rɪˈmɪtəl)
1.  the act of remitting or state of being remitted
2.  a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct: he got three years' remission
3.  forgiveness for sin
4.  discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc
5.  lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease
remittal or remittal
re'missive or remittal
re'missively or remittal

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "forgiveness or pardon (of sins)," from O.Fr. remission, from L. remissionem (nom. remissio) "relaxation, a sending back," from remiss-, pp. stem of remittere "slacken, let go, abate" (see remit). Used of diseases since c.1400.
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remission re·mis·sion (rĭ-mĭsh'ən)

  1. Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.

  2. The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.

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remission   (rĭ-mĭsh'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
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remission definition

A period in the course of a disease when symptoms become less severe.

Note: The term remission is often used in speaking of sufferers from leukemia or other cancers whose symptoms lessen or disappear. In such a case, the disease is said to be “in remission.” The period of remission may last only briefly or may extend over several months or years.
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Example sentences
According to the report, diabetic mice and rats went into remission five days
  after receiving the insulin-encoding gene.
Had he not waited a year to treat cancer with real medicine he might have gone
  into remission.
So it is difficult to know if a certain treatment actually works or was simply
  taken during a naturally occurring remission.
Neither do any of the people who posted their certainty that dark matter is
  dead, dying or in remission.
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