re·​miss | \ ri-ˈmis How to pronounce remiss (audio) \

Definition of remiss

1 : negligent in the performance of work or duty : careless
2 : showing neglect or inattention : lax

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Other Words from remiss

remissly adverb
remissness noun

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negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business. negligent about writing a note of thanks neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention. a society callously neglectful of the poor lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision. a reporter lax about accurate quotation slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care. slack workmanship remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect. had been remiss in their familial duties

Examples of remiss in a Sentence

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the vital role God has played in my recovery. — Jennifer Howard, Undoing Time, 2001 But if we do not address these complexities in the public arena, and in ways that are spatially theoretically grounded, we will be remiss in carrying out our scholarly and civic responsibilities. — Saul B. Cohen, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, December 1991 "Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let tomorrow go by without stopping up them holes." — Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885 I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how much I appreciated the lovely gift.
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Recent Examples on the Web Those looking to try new dishes would be remiss not to experiment with the Philips premium XXL air fryer. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2021 Investors should be wary of firms that parcel out the incorporation of ESG criteria into only a few vehicles but may be remiss to do so in their other funds. Martin Jarzebowski, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 For all of the enormousness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the franchise has been remiss in its portrayal of female heroes and their power. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Pillay denied the health department had been remiss and said the country is on track to meet its target of vaccinating two-thirds of the population of 60 million within 12 months -- which would enable it to achieve herd immunity. S'thembile Cele,, 15 Jan. 2021 And come winter, any dip in the tub would be remiss not to include a zing of ginger, says Anna Lam, founder of natural skin-care brand GingerChi. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2020 Network television in specific is often remiss to be too shocking or surprising. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 18 Nov. 2020 But offensive coordinator Greg Roman and his staff would be remiss to not find a way to incorporate Dobbins, even if Ingram retains his lead back status. Daniel Oyefusi,, 12 Nov. 2020 Not to mention, Merino would be remiss to not shout-out his own brand, Artist Couture. Karina Hoshikawa,, 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of remiss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remiss

Middle English remisse, borrowed from Latin remissus "relaxed, free from constraint, casual, lenient," from past participle of remittere "to send back, release, relax, ease off" — more at remit entry 1

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The first known use of remiss was in the 15th century

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4 May 2021

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“Remiss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of remiss

formal : not showing enough care and attention


re·​miss | \ ri-ˈmis How to pronounce remiss (audio) \

Kids Definition of remiss

: careless in the performance of work or duty I was remiss in paying my bills.

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