remission

noun
re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Definition of remission

1 : the act or process of remitting
2 : a state or period during which something is remitted

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Examples of remission in a Sentence

The patient is in remission. a temporary remission of symptoms He was given remission for good behavior.
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Recent Examples on the Web He was diagnosed in 2015 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an often-lethal lymph cancer; his doctors have said his illness is in remission. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump administration backs Monsanto in Bay Area case," 23 Dec. 2019 When Suzanne Moore first arrived at the Baker County Detention Center outside Jacksonville, Florida, in July 2018, her breast cancer was in remission. USA Today, "Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US," 20 Dec. 2019 Pennington, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010, learned over the summer that the disease, which was previously in remission, had returned. Fox News, "Tennessee cancer nurse’s Christmas duet with patient goes viral: 'Music is such a wonderful healer'," 19 Dec. 2019 The first autoimmune disease is currently in remission. oregonlive, "Dear Annie: How do I get my brother to stop talking about his job all the time?," 15 Dec. 2019 The first autoimmune disease is currently in remission. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Now that I’m retired, how do I tell others I don’t want to hear about their stressful jobs?," 15 Dec. 2019 On Tuesday, the doctors told the family the good news: The cancer was in remission. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "This 14-year-old beat stage 4 cancer, just in time to make it home for Christmas," 15 Dec. 2019 After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2018, professional wrestling star Roman Reigns announced the disease was in remission and then returned to the ring. Tim Darnell, ajc, "9 for 2019: Top sports stories," 9 Dec. 2019 Kaylee has recently battled cancer and is currently in remission now. London Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Make-A-Wish child meets their idol at the Weather Channel," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of remission

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remission

Middle English remissioun "release from obligation, forgiveness," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French remissiun, borrowed from Latin remissiōn-, remissiō "sending back, release, abatement, cancellation (of a debt)" (Late Latin, "forgiveness, as of sins"), from remittere "to send back, release, relax, waive (a debt, punishment)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at remit entry 1

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8 Jan 2020

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“Remission.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remission. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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remission

noun
How to pronounce remission (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of remission

: a period of time during a serious illness when the patient's health improves
formal : the act of reducing or canceling the amount of money that you owe
British : the reduction of a prison sentence

remission

noun
re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Kids Definition of remission

: a period of time during a serious illness when there are few or no symptoms

remission

noun
re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Medical Definition of remission

: a state or period during which the symptoms of a disease are abated cancer in remission after treatment — compare arrest, cure entry 1 sense 1, intermission

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remission

noun
re·​mis·​sion | \ ri-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce remission (audio) \

Legal Definition of remission

: the act or process of remitting

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