remiss

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 remiss in their duties
it was remiss of sb to do sth
It was remiss of the social services not to notify the police.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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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 — 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

  • 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

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