adjective re·miss \ri-ˈmis\

: not showing enough care and attention

Full Definition of REMISS

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

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


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