[ pree-ter-mit ]
/ ˌpri tərˈmɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. preteritive,
  2. preterlegal,
  3. preterm,
  4. preterm infant,
  5. pretermission,
  6. preternatural,
  7. preterperfect,
  8. pretest,
  9. pretext,
  10. pretexta

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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British Dictionary definitions for pretermission


/ (ˌpriːtəˈmɪt) /

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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