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.
Recent Examples on the Web The transplant in November brought a brief remission, but the boy’s cancer returned less than two months later, his parents said this week. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 The good news is that remission (meaning your symptoms are virtually gone or very minimal) of pustular psoriasis is possible with proper treatment. Fatima Fahs, SELF, 29 Apr. 2022 While his rare type of leukemia/lymphoma has a very high recurrence rate, Assar says Puzey has exceeded expectations every month since his release from the hospital, and that gives hope for sustained remission. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 28 Apr. 2022 Currently, remission rates for trichotillomania remain low, between 10 and 20 percent. ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 Despite the medical world’s best efforts, conventional therapies for AUD have yielded abysmal rates of durable remission and harm reduction. Louis Metzger Iv, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Laura came home, Ochoa’s sister went into remission and Patrick surprised his family by turning up at Apartment 103 for Thanksgiving. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Season two sees our androgynous unreliable narrator backslide into drug dependency after a brief remission in season one, driving away those who desperately want to help her. Caroline Downey, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 When the tumor began to grow again, a few months after the remission began, the surgeon excavated more than four inches into the brain, unable to find healthy tissue. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Remission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for remission


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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