remiss

[ri-mis]
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adjective
  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.

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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remiss

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

Word Origin for remiss

C15: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for remissness

remiss

adj.

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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