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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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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So this is a piece about noting those omissions, in this case, Africa. Julie Belcove, WSJ, "William Kentridge Tackles the History of Apartheid and Colonialism in His Latest Production," 4 Dec. 2018 In many respects, those findings mirrored Democrats’ own assessments of Mr. Comey — save for the omission of certain four-letter words. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Democrats Find Vindication, and New Agony, in Report on Comey," 14 June 2018 If there are any errors or omissions, complete or correct it as soon as possible. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "Financial aid season kicks off with 1st day for applications," 1 Oct. 2018 Error that must be corrected and the court must be notified immediately in writing if there was any error or omission, specifically in the rule from any prior application. Fox News, "Giuliani: Mueller does not have a legitimate investigation," 31 July 2018 The inquest cited errors and omissions by the police in planning and executing security for a crucial match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, and left prosecutors to decide whether to file charges against the police. Michael Wolgelenter, New York Times, "Hillsborough Police Commander Faces Trial in 95 Soccer Deaths," 29 June 2018 The one glaring omission, though, is any women’s division matches. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: When Will WWE’s Female Wrestlers Be Allowed to Perform in Saudi Arabia?," 25 Apr. 2018 When the 10 officials for the Final Four were announced Monday, one omission stood out. John Higgins. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Why no John Higgins (or his hair) at the Final Four? | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 But its new-year teaser reel had one obvious omission: any declaration about the future of Game of Thrones, other than a brief shot of a few series characters. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HBO will make Game of Thrones fans wait until 2019 for final season," 4 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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The first known use of omission was in the 14th century

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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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