remiss

adjective
re·​miss | \ ri-ˈmis How to pronounce remiss (audio) \

Definition of remiss

1 : negligent in the performance of work or duty : careless
2 : showing neglect or inattention : lax

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Other Words from remiss

remissly adverb
remissness noun

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negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business. negligent about writing a note of thanks neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention. a society callously neglectful of the poor lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision. a reporter lax about accurate quotation slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care. slack workmanship remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect. had been remiss in their familial duties

Examples of remiss in a Sentence

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the vital role God has played in my recovery. — Jennifer Howard, Undoing Time, 2001 But if we do not address these complexities in the public arena, and in ways that are spatially theoretically grounded, we will be remiss in carrying out our scholarly and civic responsibilities. — Saul B. Cohen, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, December 1991 "Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let tomorrow go by without stopping up them holes." — Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885 I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how much I appreciated the lovely gift.
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Recent Examples on the Web But Phoenix would be remiss to overlook the Liberty. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Additionally, the Longview native would be remiss to not display his wheels yet again. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 That was less about being remiss than about being real: Risks that could be mitigated were, but at the same time events had to go on. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 That was less about being remiss than about being real: Risks that could be mitigated were, but at the same time events had to go on. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 That was less about being remiss than about being real: Risks that could be mitigated were, but at the same time events had to go on. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 That was less about being remiss than about being real: Risks that could be mitigated were, but at the same time events had to go on. Ted Anthony, ajc, 8 Aug. 2021 In fact, anyone with an elongated hall that originates from the entrance of their home would be remiss to not utilize the power of the versatile runner rug. Tim Kohut, BGR, 29 June 2021 Those looking to try new dishes would be remiss not to experiment with the Philips premium XXL air fryer. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of remiss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remiss

Middle English remisse, borrowed from Latin remissus "relaxed, free from constraint, casual, lenient," from past participle of remittere "to send back, release, relax, ease off" — more at remit entry 1

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The first known use of remiss was in the 15th century

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25 Sep 2021

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“Remiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remiss. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for remiss

remiss

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of remiss

: not showing enough care and attention

remiss

adjective
re·​miss | \ ri-ˈmis How to pronounce remiss (audio) \

Kids Definition of remiss

: careless in the performance of work or duty I was remiss in paying my bills.

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