omission

noun

omis·​sion ō-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce omission (audio)
ə-
1
a
: 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.

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 Perhaps the most infamous instance of this omission was in Homer’s Odyssey, an ancient Greek poem cataloging the trials and tribulations of mortal humans in a world of gods and myth. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2024 When Fox released its schedule for the start of the 2024-25 season Monday, there was a surprise omission from the lineup: Family Guy. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 But in recent years, the city has gone to great lengths to address this omission. Latria Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 May 2023 From this act of omission, and with a bravura lead performance by Renate Reinsve, writer-director Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel anatomizes a scandal and the broken family behind it. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for omission 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Omission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omission. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

omission

noun
omis·​sion ō-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce omission (audio)
ə-
1
: something omitted
2
: the act of omitting : the state of being omitted

Legal Definition

omission

noun
omis·​sion ō-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce omission (audio)
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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