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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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Historical Examples

  • What precisely is meant by 'ideal' is a question which for the moment I pretermit.

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

    Leslie Stephen

  • We will pretermit these absurd and silly men: but, Cousin Lucian!

  • Then there are all manner of the ordinary maladies of humanity, which I pretermit.

    My Life as an Author

    Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • He greeted me with a brief nod and a grim smile, but did not pretermit his paternal functions.

  • We mean to visit this to-morrow; so I may pretermit further mention of it here.

British Dictionary definitions for pretermit


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 pretermit


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

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