adjective re·miss \ ri-ˈmis \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of remiss

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





Examples of remiss in a Sentence

  1. It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the vital role God has played in my recovery. —Jennifer HowardUndoing Time2001
  2. 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. CohenAnnals of the Association of American GeographersDecember 1991
  3. "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 TwainThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1885
  4. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how much I appreciated the lovely gift.

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Origin and Etymology of remiss

Middle English, from Anglo-French remis, Latin remissus, from past participle of remittere to send back, relax

Synonym Discussion of remiss

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

REMISS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of remiss for English Language Learners

  • : not showing enough care and attention

REMISS Defined for Kids


adjective re·miss \ ri-ˈmis \

Definition of remiss for Students

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

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