[ ri-mis ]
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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.

  1. lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish.

Origin of remiss

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin remissus, past participle of remittere “to send back, slacken, relax”; see remit

synonym study For remiss

1, 2. See neglect.

Other words for remiss

Other words from remiss

  • re·miss·ly, adverb
  • re·miss·ness, noun
  • o·ver·re·miss, adjective
  • o·ver·re·miss·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·re·miss·ness, noun

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How to use remiss in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remiss


/ (rɪˈmɪs) /

  1. lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent

  2. lacking in energy; dilatory

Origin of remiss

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

Derived forms of remiss

  • remissly, adverb
  • remissness, noun

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