- 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
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Examples from the Web for remissness
She returned only the more oppressed by the sense of remissness—of remorse.Elsie Marley, Honey
Every day it is so, and there is no remissness in the observance of the custom.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
His excuse for remissness in correspondence was, "I am a young man and in Paris."Washington Irving
Charles Dudley Warner
He rejoiced in death, when, from no remissness of his, it closed his labours.Sir Walter Ralegh
There can be no relaxation of effort, no remissness, in such a quest.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. Peter
J. Rawson Lumby
- lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
- lacking in energy; dilatory
Word Origin and History for remissness
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.