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[pree-ter-mit] /ˌpri tərˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), pretermitted, pretermitting.
to let pass without notice; disregard.
to leave undone; neglect; omit.
to suspend or interrupt:
The government temporarily pretermitted its repayments of foreign aid.
Origin of pretermit
1505-15; < Latin praetermittere to let pass, equivalent to praeter- preter- + mittere to let go, send
Related forms
[pree-ter-mish-uh n] /ˌpri tərˈmɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
pretermitter, noun
unpretermitted, adjective Unabridged
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  • We mean to visit this to-morrow; so I may pretermit further mention of it here.

  • We will pretermit these absurd and silly men: but, Cousin Lucian!

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • But fear was too weak a counsellor for her to pretermit either her composure or her pleasures.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Then there are all manner of the ordinary maladies of humanity, which I pretermit.

    My Life as an Author Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • He greeted me with a brief nod and a grim smile, but did not pretermit his paternal functions.

  • We pretermit events more or less irritating to follow the urbane Englishman.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • Now in the sairvice of Goad and the King 'tis raight to pretermit no aiffort to bring the guilty to justice.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • As it is so cold, I think you may pass the word to pretermit the rounds to-night—save two.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • What precisely is meant by 'ideal' is a question which for the moment I pretermit.

  • It cannot be demanded of me to pretermit, because of my crime, the duty more strongly required of me because of the crime.

    The Flight of the Shadow George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for pretermit


verb (transitive) (rare) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
to overlook intentionally; disregard
to fail to do; neglect; omit
Derived Forms
pretermission (ˌpriːtəˈmɪʃən) noun
pretermitter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praetermittere to let pass, from preter- + mittere to send, release
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Word Origin and History for pretermit

1510s, from Latin praetermittere "let pass, overlook," from praeter- (see preter-) + mittere (see mission). Related: Pretermitted; pretermitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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