remiss


remiss
remiss early 15c., "weak, dissolved," from L. remissus, pp. of remittere "slacken, abate, let go" (see REMIT (Cf. remit)). Meaning "characterized by lack of strictness" is attested from mid-15c.; that of "characterized by negligence" is from c.1500.

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  • Remiss — Re*miss (r? m?s ), a. [L. remissus, p. p. of remittere to send back, relax. See {Remit}.] Not energetic or exact in duty or business; not careful or prompt in fulfilling engagements; negligent; careless; tardy; behindhand; lagging; slack; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • remiss — [ri mis′] adj. [L remissus, pp. of remittere: see REMIT] 1. careless in, or negligent about, attending to a task; lax in the performance of duty 2. characterized by carelessness or negligence 3. Now Rare not energetic; languid remissly adv.… …   English World dictionary

  • Remiss — Re*miss , n. The act of being remiss; inefficiency; failure. [Obs.] Remisses of laws. Puttenham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Remiss — Remiss, Nachlaß, Aufschub, Erlaß, Nachsicht …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • remiss — I adjective careless, delinquent, derelict, dilatory, disregardant, disregardful, dutiless, forgetful, heedless, idle, improvident, imprudent, inattentive, inconsiderate, indifferent, indolent, injudicious, lackadaisical, late, lax, lazy, loafing …   Law dictionary

  • remiss — lax, slack, neglectful, *negligent Analogous words: *careless, heedless, thoughtless: *forgetful, oblivious, unmindful: indolent, slothful, faineant, *lazy Antonyms: scrupulous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • remiss — [adj] careless, thoughtless any old way*, any which way*, asleep at switch*, asleep on job*, behindhand, culpable, daydreaming, defaultant, delinquent, derelict, dilatory, disregardful, fainéant, forgetful, heedless, inattentive, indifferent,… …   New thesaurus

  • remiss — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking care or attention to duty. ORIGIN originally in the senses «weakened in colour or consistency» and (in describing sound) «faint»: from Latin remittere slacken …   English terms dictionary

  • remiss — adj. (formal) remiss about, in (remiss in performing one s duties) * * * [rɪ mɪs] in (remiss in performing one s duties) (formal) remiss about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • remiss — re|miss [rıˈmıs] adj [not before noun] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of remittere to send back, relax ] careless because you did not do something that you ought to have done = ↑negligent remiss in ▪ parents who are… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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