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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Xbox One Amazon’s Fire TV lineup is the glaring omission from this list — at least for now. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Disney+ will stream on these devices at launch," 19 Aug. 2019 Jose Berrios, who entered the day seventh in the American League with a 2.89 ERA, was a notable omission, as was Max Kepler. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Jake Odorizzi joins Jorge Polanco as Twins’ all-stars," 30 June 2019 Yet there was one glaring omission as one wandered through BMW's cornucopia of cars: a three-row SUV. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 Arizona’s Eduardo Escobar and even Padres prize Manny Machado were difficult omissions at another loaded spot. Washington Post, "Primary players: All-Stars set to rock Cleveland next month," 27 June 2019 But there was a glaring omission on the invitation list for briefing top congressional leaders and national security committee chairmen. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "'How Many People Will Be Killed?': Why Trump Decided Against Striking Iran," 22 June 2019 The team will be led by All-Big East guard Myles Powell of Seton Hall, although there are notable omissions besides Baldwin. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Injury keeping Butler's Kamar Baldwin out of Pan Am Games; Tyler Wideman, Sean McDermott chosen," 18 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter In fact, there was no omission, says Margaret Ng, a barrister who represented the legal profession in Hong Kong’s legislature from 1995 to 2012, under first British then Chinese rule. The Economist, "Why Hong Kong’s protesters are braving tear gas and rubber bullets," 12 June 2019 Network, which is all about the staging and nominee Bryan Cranston’s performance, is the less-baffling omission. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 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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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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