re·mis·sion | \ri-ˈmi-shən \

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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About half of patients respond to intravenous infusions of ketamine, and roughly half of those achieve full remission. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 After a brief remission of up to a day, these individuals can experience high fevers, jaundice, internal bleeding and eventually shock and multiple organ failure. Larry Barszewski,, "Mosquitoes that carry Zika could bring deadlier yellow fever this year," 5 May 2018 About six years ago, June’s team at Penn, working with Stephan Grupp’s group at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, were the first to use this approach to achieve spectacular, lasting remissions in terminally ill blood cancer patients. Marie Mccullough,, "Cracking the cancer code: Can immune therapy treat tumors?," 5 Apr. 2018 Her mom, who is in remission and lives in Washington, D.C., works with her daughter at the snack bar twice a week. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Order’s up at three new restaurants in Laurel," 5 July 2018 Existing variations of the therapy have produced spectacular results for patients who were close to death, putting some into total remission for years, with no sign of cancer. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Scripps Research, AbbVie join in large cancer therapy alliance," 25 June 2018 Ron’s melanoma, which had been in remission, returned. azcentral, "Italian restaurant Maui Pasta in Scottsdale is a story of love, loss, pasta," 6 July 2018 In a new Dancers Against Cancer PSA, the sisters spend quality time with young dancers — Brooke Kotrla, Maggie Kudirka, Ariella Stein, Joelle Truong, Dylan Balka and the dance team from MusEffect — who are currently battling cancer or in remission. Melody Chiu,, "Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler Support Young Dancers Battling Cancer in Touching PSA," 5 July 2018 After treatment Taggart was in remission until this past winter. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Patient takes the fight to cancer with Scenic Shore team raising hundreds of thousands of dollars," 10 July 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

: the act of reducing or canceling the amount of money that you owe

: the reduction of a prison sentence


re·mis·sion | \ri-ˈmi-shən \

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 \

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 sense 1, intermission

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re·mis·sion | \ri-ˈmi-shən \

Legal Definition of remission 

: the act or process of remitting

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