- 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.
Origin of remiss
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Related Words for remissculpable, delinquent, derelict, dilatory, forgetful, heedless, inattentive, indifferent, indolent, lackadaisical, lax, lazy, neglectful, negligent, regardless, slack, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy, slothful
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Contemporary Examples of remiss
But I would be remiss if I didn't mention what gives me hope from this case.For Ricky Jackson, a Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late
November 26, 2014
I would be remiss not to mention David Wenham, who played Al.
And I'd be remiss not to direct you a display of animal behavior in action.Meet Germany's Wolf Man
January 29, 2013
Porton: I would be remiss if I didn't ask you about your recent efforts to take Playboy private.Hugh Hefner's Legacy
July 29, 2010
And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
Historical Examples of remiss
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
Be so merciful, that you be not too remiss; so execute justice, that you forget not mercy.Coronation Anecdotes
He had been remiss to the self-confessed daughter of his enemy.The Story of a Mine
- lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
- lacking in energy; dilatory
Word Origin 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.