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 One surprising omission from Murray’s account is the critical role of demographics in driving this social revolution — doubly odd since demographic change was a core topic in The Strange Death of Europe. Jeremy Carl, National Review, "Douglas Murray Challenges Us to Oppose Identity Politics and ‘Live in Truth’," 17 Oct. 2019 One omission, often pointed out by media historians, was accurate and intimate portrayals of family life. Sara K. Eskridge, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans love Mayberry," 19 Aug. 2019 One omission may surprise readers: Raffi’s Place in Glendale, a cherished institution for more than 25 years, which neither of us much enjoyed. Los Angeles Times, "Two food writers eat at all the Persian restaurants in SoCal (OK, 18 of them)," 6 Aug. 2019 There was, however, one glaring omission: not a single tomato plant. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 There is one noteworthy omission: federal asset forfeiture petitions, which are handled through the U.S. Attorney’s office and subjected to a separate set of civil laws. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "From 2015 to ’18, Contra Costa cops seized $1.1 million from people not charged with a crime," 14 June 2019 The omission stemmed from a disagreement over exclusivity: EA wanted to be the only sports brand on Dreamcast for a five-year window, but Sega wanted to also make use of its recently purchased Visual Concepts team. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "What Sega’s Dreamcast launch keynote would have looked like, 20 years ago," 9 Sep. 2019 Another omission from the list is London-Lagos route, which British Airways has dubbed as a key profitable market. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "International carriers still dominate Africa’s most profitable air routes," 27 Aug. 2019 The omission of FireTV from the Disney Plus launch lineup may be temporary and relatively inconsequential. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Disney’s New Streaming Service Will Be Unavailable on the World’s Most Popular Streaming Devices," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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