- to let pass without notice; disregard.
- to leave undone; neglect; omit.
- to suspend or interrupt: The government temporarily pretermitted its repayments of foreign aid.
Origin of pretermit
1505–15; < Latin praetermittere to let pass, equivalent to praeter- preter- + mittere to let go, send
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Examples from the Web for pretermit
What precisely is meant by 'ideal' is a question which for the moment I pretermit.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
We will pretermit these absurd and silly men: but, Cousin Lucian!Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
Then there are all manner of the ordinary maladies of humanity, which I pretermit.My Life as an Author
Martin Farquhar Tupper
He greeted me with a brief nod and a grim smile, but did not pretermit his paternal functions.Tales from Blackwood
We mean to visit this to-morrow; so I may pretermit further mention of it here.Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2
- to overlook intentionally; disregard
- to fail to do; neglect; omit
C16: from Latin praetermittere to let pass, from preter- + mittere to send, release
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Word Origin and History for pretermit
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