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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 Iden's mother Kristin, according to the article, is in remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Mike Anthony,, "UConn Bolsters Depleted Defensive Line With Addition Of Miami Transfer Ryan Fines," 25 Apr. 2018 Coley dug deeper and found a few other cases of remission from cancer after a streptococcus infection. Greg Kahn, Smithsonian, "Could Immunotherapy Lead the Way to Fighting Cancer?," 22 Mar. 2018 Still a rock to her sister, Hannah decided to offer a huge gesture of support now that her sister is in remission from cancer. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "7-Year-Old Shaves Off Long Locks to Support Her 5-Year-Old Sister's Cancer Battle," 28 Oct. 2014 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

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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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