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remiss

adjective re·miss \ri-ˈmis\

: not showing enough care and attention

Full Definition of REMISS

1
:  negligent in the performance of work or duty :  careless
2
:  showing neglect or inattention :  lax
re·miss·ly adverb
re·miss·ness noun
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Examples of REMISS

  1. <I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how much I appreciated the lovely gift.>
  2. It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the vital role God has played in my recovery. —Jennifer Howard, Undoing Time, 2001

Origin of REMISS

Middle English, from Anglo-French remis, Latin remissus, from past participle of remittere to send back, relax
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of REMISS

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <negligent about writing a note of thanks>. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <a society callously neglectful of the poor>. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <a reporter lax about accurate quotation>. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <slack workmanship>. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <had been remiss in their familial duties>.
REMISSLY Defined for Kids

remiss

adjective re·miss \ri-ˈmis\

Definition of REMISS for Kids

:  careless in the performance of work or duty <I was remiss in paying my bills.>

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