[ ri-mish-uhn ]
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  1. the act of remitting.

  2. pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.

  1. abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.

  2. the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.

  3. Medicine/Medical.

    • a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.

    • a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs: The patient's leukemia was in remission.

Origin of remission

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin remissiōn-, stem of remissiō; equivalent to remiss + -ion

Other words for remission

Opposites for remission

Other words from remission

  • non·re·mis·sion, noun

Words that may be confused with remission

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How to use remission in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remission


less commonly remittal (rɪˈmɪtəl)

/ (rɪˈmɪʃən) /

  1. the act of remitting or state of being remitted

  2. a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct: he got three years' remission

  1. forgiveness for sin

  2. discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc

  3. lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease

Derived forms of remission

  • remissive, adjective
  • remissively, adverb

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Scientific definitions for remission


[ rĭ-mĭshən ]

  1. Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.

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Cultural definitions for remission


A period in the course of a disease when symptoms become less severe.

Notes for remission

The term remission is often used in speaking of sufferers from leukemia or other cancers whose symptoms lessen or disappear. In such a case, the disease is said to be “in remission.” The period of remission may last only briefly or may extend over several months or years.

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