omis·​sion | \ ō-ˈmi-shən, ə-\

Definition of omission

1a : something neglected or left undone There are a few omissions in the list.
b : apathy toward or neglect of duty The police officer was reprimanded for the omission of his duty to inform the suspect of his rights.
2 : the act of omitting : the state of being omitted Her omission from the team was surprising.

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Synonyms for omission


deletion, elision

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Examples of omission in a Sentence

There are a few omissions in the list. the disk contains a selection of deleted scenes, and a couple of the omissions greatly add to the intelligibility of the movie's plot

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Burns grew up in a Catholic enclave of northern Belfast and the vernacular of the region gives her language its distinctive texture—a large amount of omission has shaped its effect. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 Whether that means the omission of a specific trim on a classic tweed suiting set, or choosing to no longer offer 2.55 front-flap handbags in snakeskin, this will be a big change going forward. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel Will No Longer Use Exotic Skins Like Snake in Their Designs," 4 Dec. 2018 Matthaus was asked the question before Low made his final roster cut, which speaks to the magnitude and surprise of Sane's omission. Grant Wahl,, "Lothar Matthaus Names His Top Germany Starting Lineup–Including Leroy Sane," 15 June 2018 The behavior can consist of omissions when there is a duty to act. Rachel Dissell,, "At least one suspect committed another rape among 60 cases Cleveland detective failed to fully investigate, internal report says," 23 Mar. 2018 But there’s one big, glaring omission: No songs from Mary Poppins Returns are nominated in the Original Song category. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that The Times rounded up some of Trump's other biggest fibs and omissions from his UN speech, especially on matters of international importance. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's UN General Assembly Speech Earned a Laugh From World Leaders," 26 Sep. 2018 Despite those omissions in 2011 and 2012, Walker's administration kept working with Van Den Heuvel and Green Box into 2014. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin jobs agency writes off $1.1 million loan owed by De Pere businessman jailed for defrauding investors," 11 July 2018 Trump’s omission could come down to a tendency to take the education system for granted when there are other, more seemingly pressing concerns such as security and the economy. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "What Trump Didn't Say About Education," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of omission

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for omission

Middle English omissioun, from Anglo-French omission, from Late Latin omission-, omissio, from Latin omittere

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English Language Learners Definition of omission

: something that has not been included or done : something that has been omitted

: the act of not including or doing something

: the state of being not included in something


omis·​sion | \ ō-ˈmi-shən \

Kids Definition of omission

1 : something left out There are some omissions in the list.
2 : the act of leaving out : the state of being left out I'm sorry for the omission of your name on the list.


omis·​sion | \ ō-ˈmi-shən \

Legal Definition of omission

1 : something neglected, left out, or left undone
2 : the act, fact, or state of leaving something out or failing to do something especially that is required by duty, procedure, or law liable for a criminal act or omission

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