adjective re·mis·sive \rə̇ˈmisiv\

Definition of remissive

  1. 1 obsolete :  remiss

  2. 2 :  granting or bringing about remission or pardon

  3. 3 :  causing or permitting abatement

  4. 4 :  marked by diminution or abatement


\-sə̇vlē\ adverb


\-sivnə̇s\ noun, plural


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Origin and Etymology of remissive

Medieval Latin remissivus, from Latin remissus + -ivus -ive

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to cast off or become cast off

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