the act of remitting.
pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.
abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.
  1. a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
  2. a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs: The patient's leukemia was in remission.

Origin of remission

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin remissiōn- (stem of remissiō). See remiss, -ion
Related formsnon·re·mis·sion, noun
Can be confusedremission remittance

Synonyms for remission

2. absolution. 3. lessening, relaxation. 4. release.

Antonyms for remission Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remission

Contemporary Examples of remission

Historical Examples of remission

  • Every convict who helped to catch a fugitive was entitled to a remission of six days.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • May their prayers obtain the remission of their sins, and may the sun smile on them!

    Les Parsis

    D. Menant

  • For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

  • The remission of punishment was in the discretion of the Governor-in-chief: the 30 Geo.

  • That change of mind is itself reconciliation, forgiveness, remission of sins.

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

British Dictionary definitions for remission


less commonly remittal (rɪˈmɪtəl)


the act of remitting or state of being remitted
a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conducthe got three years' remission
forgiveness for sin
discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc
lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease
Derived Formsremissive, adjectiveremissively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for remission

c.1200, "forgiveness or pardon (of sins)," from Old French remission "forgiveness (of sins), relief" (12c.), from Latin remissionem (nominative remissio) "relaxation, diminishing," lit. "a sending back, sending away," noun of action from past participle stem of remittere "slacken, let go, abate" (see remit). Used of diseases since early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

remission in Medicine




Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.
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remission in Science



Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
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remission in Culture


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


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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