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verb (used with object), pre·ter·mit·ted, pre·ter·mit·ting.
  1. to let pass without notice; disregard.
  2. to leave undone; neglect; omit.
  3. to suspend or interrupt: The government temporarily pretermitted its repayments of foreign aid.
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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
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  • The only objections they would occasionally make, would refer to the pretermission of some such thing as a tassel in the cap.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847


British Dictionary definitions for pretermission


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted (tr) rare
  1. to overlook intentionally; disregard
  2. to fail to do; neglect; omit
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Derived Formspretermission (ˌpriːtəˈmɪʃən), nounpretermitter, noun

Word Origin

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).

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

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