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  1. negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.: He's terribly remiss in his work.
  2. characterized by negligence or carelessness.
  3. lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish.
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Origin of remiss

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit
Related formsre·miss·ly, adverbre·miss·ness, nouno·ver·re·miss, adjectiveo·ver·re·miss·ly, adverbo·ver·re·miss·ness, noun


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1, 2. derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful. 3. dilatory, slothful, slow.
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  • If you will pardon the offense, I will promise not to be so remiss in the future.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • Giusippe and I have been both rude and remiss, haven't we, Giusippe?

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • I was thunderstruck, and tried to think if I had been remiss in anything.

    Behind the Scenes

    Elizabeth Keckley

  • Be so merciful, that you be not too remiss; so execute justice, that you forget not mercy.

  • He had been remiss to the self-confessed daughter of his enemy.

British Dictionary definitions for remiss


adjective (postpositive)
  1. lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
  2. lacking in energy; dilatory
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Derived Formsremissly, adverbremissness, noun

Word Origin

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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