omission

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The update came only after the Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, who reviewed an advance copy of the book, first flagged the omission on Twitter. Fox News, "New York Times Kavanaugh 'bombshell' appears to begin imploding; Auto workers go on strike against GM," 16 Sep. 2019 Opposition lawmakers pointed out the omission, and Prayuth responded that the matter was not a problem. Washington Post, "Thai court declines to hear case of PM’s incomplete oath," 13 Sep. 2019 But for a book implicitly structured around race and law enforcement, the omission of Turner’s controversial six-month sentence feels puzzling and an example of how Gladwell’s sharp eye can overlook a bigger picture. Chris Barton, chicagotribune.com, "‘Talking to Strangers’: Malcolm Gladwell investigates the dangers of misunderstanding, from Sandra Bland to Bernie Madoff," 11 Sep. 2019 Castro Theater and Harvey Milk’s camera shop The two most stunning omissions on the current route are the heart of the Mission District (the 49 Mile Scenic Drive only includes Dolores Street) and Castro Street. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "A 49 Mile Scenic Drive manifesto: 15 ways to build a better route," 10 Sep. 2019 But for a book implicitly structured around race and law enforcement, the omission of Turner’s controversial six-month sentence feels puzzling, and an example of how Gladwell’s sharp eye can overlook a bigger picture. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "Review: What do Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath have in common? Malcolm Gladwell explains," 7 Sep. 2019 Most notably, however, was the omission of Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, who misses out to Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier in the right-back role. SI.com, "Gareth Southgate Makes Surprise Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Claim After Call-Up to England Squad," 29 Aug. 2019 After the omission was reported by The Trace, a judge threw Brewer off the case. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the NRA’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 After the omission was reported by The Trace, the judge threw Brewer off the case. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the N.R.A.’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 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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The first known use of omission was in the 14th century

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omission

noun

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

omission

noun
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.

omission

noun
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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