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[ri-mis] /rɪˈmɪs/
negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.:
He's terribly remiss in his work.
characterized by negligence or carelessness.
lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish.
Origin of remiss
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit
Related forms
remissly, adverb
remissness, noun
overremiss, adjective
overremissly, adverb
overremissness, noun
1, 2. derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful. 3. dilatory, slothful, slow. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remiss
  • How remiss of me and an interesting quirk of academic isolation.
  • Technically, this isn't a mode of cooking, but it's so useful that it would be remiss not to mention it here.
  • Counselors have been remiss in not providing for the counseling needs of elderly.
  • We would be remiss if this publication didn't recognize and report on it.
British Dictionary definitions for remiss


adjective (postpositive)
lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
lacking in energy; dilatory
Derived Forms
remissly, adverb
remissness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for remiss

early 15c., "weak, dissolved," from Latin remissus "relaxed, languid; negligent," past participle of remittere "slacken, abate, let go" (see remit). Meaning "characterized by lack of strictness" is attested from mid-15c.; that of "characterized by negligence" is from mid-15c.

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