omis·​sion | \ ō-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce omission (audio) , 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web That omission likely dooms her Oscar chances, as no one has won the lead actress Academy Award without being nominated by SAG. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The omission drew swift criticism from experts who argue that testing is vital to shortening isolation periods safely. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2022 The omission may have violated state law, potentially jeopardizing Mobelini's teaching license. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2021 That omission alarmed some prominent US doctors who say such patients could be at risk for more serious bleeding., 28 Sep. 2021 That pesky, glaring omission on Georgia’s resume is really the only thing holding the Bulldogs back from staking their claim to being in a truly special class of program, right up there with Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide dynasty. Paul Newberry, ajc, 9 Jan. 2022 Following the controversy over Parker’s omission in 2016, some felt that 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike was snubbed this cycle. Alexa Philippou,, 3 Jan. 2022 Presumably, Heritage Customs viewed Land Rover's omission of a bona fide Defender convertible as a business opportunity, as the custom coachbuilder plans to lop the top off of five Defender 90s in 2022. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 24 Dec. 2021 Walker's omission means another year in which no MSU player has won the Heisman since it was first awarded in 1935. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2021

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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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The first known use of omission was in the 14th century

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25 Jan 2022

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“Omission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce omission (audio) \

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 How to pronounce omission (audio) \

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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