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 Foley is charged with seven counts of injury to a child by omission resulting in bodily injury, while Delancy was indicted on five counts of the same charge. Dallas News, "Parents of dead toddler say foster care agency ignored signs their son was being abused, lawsuit says," 5 May 2021 Only Pletcher’s horses have earned more money than those trained by Steve Asmussen, yet Asmussen is 0-for-21 in the Derby and increasingly fatalistic about the most conspicuous omission on his resume. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Brad Cox worries about Kentucky Derby forces beyond his control for Essential Quality," 27 Apr. 2021 Close had some choice thoughts about the omission — one slight in a long line of academy snubs that veteran director Lee has endured — but ABC bleeped them out. Washington Post, "How Glenn Close became a DMV hero by shouting out go-go legends at the Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 That narrative structure—a cyclone swirling around an omission—is Faulkner’s signature device. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, "The Still Center of Destruction," 27 Apr. 2021 To not have these acts on the show would have been a glaring omission of the musicians helping to push the culture towards a more contemporary, accepting future. J'na Jefferson, Billboard, "2021 ACM Awards Demonstrate What An Inclusive Future in Country Music Could Look Like," 19 Apr. 2021 In the end, however, an even graver omission may be the film’s failure to get inside the head of O’Neal, a man who ought to reside at the movie’s moral center but ends up being the void at its heart instead. Graham Hillard, Washington Examiner, "Black Jesus," 1 Apr. 2021 Alas, there will be no Flair on the show, which is both a glaring omission and one of the most surprising booking decisions in recent WWE history. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, "WWE WrestleMania 37: The 6 Most Glaring Omissions From The Card," 10 Apr. 2021 Until last year, a World Series championship was the one glaring omission from the magnificent resume of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Getting Mike Trout into the postseason would be great for Angels, fantastic for fans," 29 Mar. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Omission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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