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[ri-mish-uh n] /rɪˈmɪʃ ən/
the act of remitting.
pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.
abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.
  1. a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
  2. a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs:
    The patient's leukemia was in remission.
Origin of remission
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin remissiōn- (stem of remissiō). See remiss, -ion
Related forms
nonremission, noun
Can be confused
remission, remittance.
2. absolution. 3. lessening, relaxation. 4. release.
2. blame, censure. 3. intensification. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for remission
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  • Every convict who helped to catch a fugitive was entitled to a remission of six days.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • May their prayers obtain the remission of their sins, and may the sun smile on them!

    Les Parsis D. Menant
  • For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

    The Mistakes of Jesus William Floyd
  • The remission of punishment was in the discretion of the Governor-in-chief: the 30 Geo.

  • Its offer is, always and everywhere, the forgiveness, the remission of sins.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
British Dictionary definitions for remission


the act of remitting or state of being remitted
a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct: he got three years' remission
forgiveness for sin
discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc
lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease
Derived Forms
remissive, adjective
remissively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for remission

c.1200, "forgiveness or pardon (of sins)," from Old French remission "forgiveness (of sins), relief" (12c.), from Latin remissionem (nominative remissio) "relaxation, diminishing," lit. "a sending back, sending away," noun of action from past participle stem of remittere "slacken, let go, abate" (see remit). Used of diseases since early 15c.

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remission in Medicine

remission re·mis·sion (rĭ-mĭsh'ən)

  1. Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.

  2. The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.

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remission in Science
Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
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remission in Culture

remission definition

A period in the course of a disease when symptoms become less severe.

Note: The term remission is often used in speaking of sufferers from leukemia or other cancers whose symptoms lessen or disappear. In such a case, the disease is said to be “in remission.” The period of remission may last only briefly or may extend over several months or years.
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