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[oh-mish-uh n] /oʊˈmɪʃ ən/
the act of omitting.
the state of being omitted.
something left out, not done, or neglected:
an important omission in a report.
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin omissiōn- (stem of omissiō), equivalent to omiss(us) (past participle of omittere to let go; see omit) + -iōn- -ion; see mission
Related forms
nonomission, noun
preomission, noun
Can be confused
commission, omission. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for omissions
  • The report also attempts to draw a conclusion that does not follow from the evidence: that these omissions matter.
  • But even with genealogical records there are often omissions and biases in transmission of information.
  • In my opinion, one of the biggest omissions in the climate change arguments is the costs involved in our making changes.
  • And such omissions don't merely occur on the news pages.
  • My guess will be that everyone will get approximately the same number of hits, misses and omissions.
  • It isn't speculative, so any errors come from omissions of details.
  • She often leaves out a detail or two, omissions that change the shade of the story.
  • HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
  • He is also an unreliable narrator whose omissions complement his agenda.
  • Nevertheless, online critics have made an intramural sport of identifying the book's omissions.
British Dictionary definitions for omissions


something that has been omitted or neglected
the act of omitting or the state of having been omitted
Derived Forms
omissive, adjective
omissiveness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin omissiō, from omittere to omit
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Word Origin and History for omissions



late 14c., from Latin omissionem (nominative omissio) "an omitting," noun of action from past participle stem of omittere (see omit). Related: Omissible.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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