verb (used with object), pre·ter·mit·ted, pre·ter·mit·ting.

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
Related formspre·ter·mis·sion [pree-ter-mish-uh n] /ˌpri tərˈmɪʃ ən/, nounpre·ter·mit·ter, nounun·pre·ter·mit·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted (tr) rare

to overlook intentionally; disregard
to fail to do; neglect; omit
Derived Formspretermission (ˌpriːtəˈmɪʃən), nounpretermitter, noun

Word Origin for pretermit

C16: from Latin praetermittere to let pass, from preter- + mittere to send, release
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Word Origin and History for pretermission

1580s, from Latin pretermissionem (nominative pretermissio), noun of action from past participle stem of praetermittere (see pretermit).



1510s, from Latin praetermittere "let pass, overlook," from praeter- (see preter-) + mittere (see mission). Related: Pretermitted; pretermitting.

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