remiss

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Remiss — Remiss, Nachlaß, Aufschub, Erlaß, Nachsicht …

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  • 5 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

  • 6 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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,… …

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  • 9 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

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

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  • 11 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

  • 12 remiss — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. lax, slack, neglectful, dilatory. See neglect. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. negligent, neglectful, derelict, lax, slack, inattentive, careless, indifferent, unmindful, forgetful, uninterested,… …

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  • 13 remiss — [[t]rɪmɪ̱s[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, oft ADJ in n/ ing If someone is remiss, they are careless about doing things which ought to be done. [FORMAL] I would be remiss if I did not do something about it. Syn: negligent …

    English dictionary

  • 14 remiss — adjective formal (not before noun) careless about doing something that you ought to do: it is remiss of sb to do sth: It was very remiss of me not to answer your letter. remissness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 remiss — /rəˈmɪs / (say ruh mis) adjective 1. not diligent, careful, or prompt in duty, business, etc.: *Not a lot of roaches had had a great deal of experience in being annihilated, and those that had, had been notably remiss in passing any helpful hints …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 remiss — remissly, adv. remissness, n. /ri mis /, adj. 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;… …

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  • 17 remiss — adjective /ɹəˈmɪs/ At fault; failing to fulfill responsibility, duty, or obligations. I would certainly be remiss if I did not give credit where credit was due. Syn: at fault, blameworthy, negligent …

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  • 18 remiss — re|miss [ rı mıs ] adjective never before noun careless about doing what you need to do: It was remiss of me not to ask you …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 remiss — [rɪ mɪs] adjective lacking care or attention to duty: how very remiss of me, to keep you waiting. Derivatives remissly adverb remissness noun Origin ME (orig. in the senses weakened in colour or consistency and (in describing sound) faint ): from …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 remiss — adjective I would be remiss if I did not thank my sister Syn: negligent, neglectful, irresponsible, careless, thoughtless, heedless, lax, slack, slipshod, lackadaisical, derelict; informal sloppy; formal delinquent Ant: careful …

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