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remiss

[ri-mis] /rɪˈmɪs/
adjective
1.
negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.:
He's terribly remiss in his work.
2.
characterized by negligence or carelessness.
3.
lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1, 2. derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful. 3. dilatory, slothful, slow.
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  • We may add that frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or remissness on the part of the government.
British Dictionary definitions for remissness

remiss

/rɪˈmɪs/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
2.
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 remissness

remiss

adj.

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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