[ ri-mis ]
/ rɪˈmɪs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. reminiscence,
  2. reminiscent,
  3. reminiscential,
  4. remiped,
  5. remise,
  6. remissible,
  7. remission,
  8. remissive,
  9. remissively,
  10. remissly

Origin of remiss

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit

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British Dictionary definitions for remiss


/ (rɪˈmɪs) /

adjective (postpositive)

lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
lacking in energy; dilatory
Derived Formsremissly, adverbremissness, noun

Word Origin for remiss

C15: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send

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Word Origin and History for remiss



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.

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