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[ri-mis] /rɪˈmɪs/
negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.:
He's terribly remiss in his work.
characterized by negligence or carelessness.
lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish.
Origin of remiss
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit
Related forms
remissly, adverb
remissness, noun
overremiss, adjective
overremissly, adverb
overremissness, noun
1, 2. derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful. 3. dilatory, slothful, slow. Unabridged
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  • If you will pardon the offense, I will promise not to be so remiss in the future.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • He had been remiss to the self-confessed daughter of his enemy.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Then how could we have been so remiss and however could we have neglected to go to Tom of the Footpath?

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
  • Our Prior is remiss; our Cellarers, officials are remiss; our monks are remiss: what man is not remiss?

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • The people of the farm-houses respected Don Joaqun, though as regards the assistance of his poverty they were remiss and slothful.

    The Cabin Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for remiss


adjective (postpositive)
lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
lacking in energy; dilatory
Derived Forms
remissly, adverb
remissness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for remiss

early 15c., "weak, dissolved," from Latin remissus "relaxed, languid; negligent," past participle of remittere "slacken, abate, let go" (see remit). Meaning "characterized by lack of strictness" is attested from mid-15c.; that of "characterized by negligence" is from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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