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[ri-mish-uh n] /rɪˈmɪʃ ən/
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.
  1. a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
  2. a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs:
    The patient's leukemia was in remission.
Origin of remission
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin remissiōn- (stem of remissiō). See remiss, -ion
Related forms
nonremission, noun
Can be confused
remission, remittance.
2. absolution. 3. lessening, relaxation. 4. release.
2. blame, censure. 3. intensification. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remission
  • 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.
  • Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
  • Thanks to the radiation last spring, her cancer was at present in remission-whatever that actually meant.
  • So this great doctor of mine found a treatment, which has given me a remission.
  • It wasn't only the satisfaction she felt as her credit-card balance went into remission.
  • Other countries have seen a similar pattern of cost remission followed by a renewed burst of spending growth.
  • Early family patterns in these stories have a way of lurking, a disease in remission that suddenly reerupts.
British Dictionary definitions for remission


the act of remitting or state of being remitted
a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct: he got three years' remission
forgiveness for sin
discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc
lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease
Derived Forms
remissive, adjective
remissively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for remission

c.1200, "forgiveness or pardon (of sins)," from Old French remission "forgiveness (of sins), relief" (12c.), from Latin remissionem (nominative remissio) "relaxation, diminishing," lit. "a sending back, sending away," noun of action from past participle stem of remittere "slacken, let go, abate" (see remit). Used of diseases since early 15c.

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remission in Medicine

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 in Science
Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
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remission in Culture

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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