remiss

[ri-mis]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit

remissly, adverb
remissness, noun
overremiss, adjective
overremissly, adverb
overremissness, noun


1, 2. derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful. 3. dilatory, slothful, slow.
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remiss (rɪˈmɪs)
 
adj
1.  lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
2.  lacking in energy; dilatory
 
[C15: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send]
 
re'missly
 
adv
 
re'missness
 
n

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remiss
early 15c., "weak, dissolved," from L. remissus, pp. 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 c.1500.
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We may add that frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or remissness on the part of the government.
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