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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Synonyms & Antonyms for remission


absolution, amnesty, forgiveness, pardon, remittal


penalty, punishment, retribution

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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

Like those in remission from any illness, there will always be a kernel of dread. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 News outlets reported Wednesday that an investigation from 2007 to 2016 found that some employees at the historically black university received tuition remission and university grants. Fox News, "Howard University fires 6 after financial aid investigation," 29 Mar. 2018 Tuition remission for employees and eligible dependents for any degree in progress for up to four years, with one additional year for individuals who will begin classes in the fall 2018. Karen Farkas,, "48 University of Akron faculty, administrators opt to take voluntary retirement incentives," 28 Mar. 2018 Among bulimic and binge eating patients, the remission rates were 44% and 52%, respectively, one year later. Waverly Colville, WSJ, "How Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Treat Eating Disorders," 25 July 2018 Over time, many people with relapsing-remitting MS go on to develop secondary-progressive MS, in which symptoms grow worse, with fewer periods of remission. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 Vets previously diagnosed with PTSD can slip out of remission, and some may experience it for the first time. April Dembosky, Washington Post, "Reverberations From War Complicate Vietnam Veterans’ End-Of-Life Care," 7 Mar. 2018 Peter was in total remission from cancer but passed due to complications of pneumonia., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2018 But in 2014, Simon received a cancer diagnosis of his own — and is now in remission from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "Head of Biden Cancer Initiative draws on own diagnosis to speed research," 14 May 2018

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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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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


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


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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Legal Definition of remission

: the act or process of remitting

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