Definition of omission in English:

omission

noun

  • 1Someone or something that has been left out or excluded.

    ‘there are glaring omissions in the report’
    • ‘He was a surprise omission from India's tour party after he troubled the Australian batsmen during the recent one-day series in India.’
    • ‘An omission from a police report is not a false police report under California law.’
    • ‘The puzzling omission from Hamowy's account is any discussion of circumcision.’
    • ‘It always appeared to me to be a glaring omission from the very first legislation put before the House.’
    • ‘Boston College was the glaring omission from this year's tourney.’
    • ‘This has been a glaring omission from other farm management texts, but one that has become more important with growth in the global economy.’
    • ‘I had never caught a sea trout before and it was a glaring omission from my personal best lists!’
    • ‘His disillusionment began when he was a surprise omission from the Brisbane test against Australia in November despite some sharp leadup spells.’
    • ‘It is those two civil wars, of 1641 and 1688, that stand as the largest omission from Thady's narrative.’
    • ‘A final omission from Frank's work is a discussion of her role as an academic.’
    • ‘That was a fundamental omission from an otherwise excellent article.’
    • ‘However, a notable omission from this book is any discussion of how and when to teach patients self-hypnosis.’
    • ‘He was passed fit to play in the final Test, so it's a stretch to imagine his omission from the ODI squad is injury-related.’
    • ‘A notable omission from this miscellany of singers is of course, the castrato.’
    • ‘A glaring omission from the speech was the 2003 budget, which is traditionally tabled along with the president's address.’
    • ‘Its omission from my column last week changed the meaning of that column entirely.’
    • ‘That omission from the curriculum might have had tragic consequences.’
    • ‘Yet such analysis has not so far been undertaken and is a notable omission from the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change.’
    • ‘This was the glaring omission from not one but two local government bills announced on Wednesday.’
    • ‘The projects omission from the latest announcement of Government funding for new schools has left St Patrick's Secondary School in a predicament.’
    deletion, cut, exclusion, gap, blank, lacuna, hiatus
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of excluding or leaving out someone or something.
      ‘the omission of recent publications from his bibliography’
      • ‘His omission from the World Cup squad - even though he knew it was coming - was a heavy blow.’
      • ‘Call it government by commission and omission.’
      • ‘It was written from kind of a superficial, Hollywood point of view, essentially filled, I think, with a lot of lies by omission.’
      • ‘His latest omission from the national squad came in the autumn even though his form at club level was good.’
      • ‘Last month, three straight starts preceded his omission from both halves of the league and cup double-header.’
      • ‘This clanging omission was at least partly behind the housing crisis of the early 1990s when 1000 families a week lost their homes because of mortgage debt.’
      • ‘The error of omission that excluded council from the lawsuit decision occurred under last year's leadership.’
      • ‘I do not, for example, unfold my handkerchief before putting it in my pocket in the mornings, and apparently by this omission I am taking quite a risk.’
      • ‘All of which makes his omission from the BBC's hardly-blanket coverage even more inexplicable.’
      • ‘Perhaps a belief that everyone would assume this was undertaken explains its omission from the final trial report.’
      • ‘It was a classic case of censorship by omission.’
      • ‘But it's not something I've been lying about, even in omission.’
      • ‘He has lied large and small, directly and by omission.’
      • ‘Yesterday's statement said his omission from the squad to play Turkey in Istanbul on Saturday was unfair to him and the squad as a whole.’
      • ‘It's as clear an example in recent memory of committing bias by omission.’
      • ‘They were happy to subsidise Qantas by omission.’
      • ‘The City number one tweaked a muscle in his back in training forcing his surprise omission from last night's team.’
      • ‘Still except for sundry exceptions of inadequate transference and omission, he renders them competently.’
      • ‘Finally, several respondents take issue with my policy recommendations, based on alleged sins of commission or omission.’
      • ‘This omission will have major repercussions for the village of Staverton.’
      leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absence
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    2. 1.2 A failure to fulfil a moral or legal obligation.
      ‘to pay compensation for a wrongful act or omission’
      • ‘The first is the purely factual question: what would have happened (on a balance of probability) if the negligent omission had not occurred?’
      • ‘It is the Claimant's contention that this damage was avoidable and caused by a negligent omission by Mr Roberts.’
      • ‘In all those cases the omission relied on is failure on the part of the defendant to exercise its statutory powers.’
      • ‘Another omission is the failure to afford transparency to the process of review.’
      • ‘So what does he have to say about the lack of accountability of the judiciary for their own negligent acts and omissions?’
      • ‘A broad definition would encompass all disclosures of malpractice, as well as illegal acts or omissions.’
      • ‘Accordingly, THB is liable to Commonwealth for its negligent acts and/or omissions.’
      • ‘There was no physical act on the part of D which caused the injury but rather an omission, i.e. his failure to apply the handbrake.’
      • ‘The plaintiff must suffer actual harm and prove the harm was caused by the nurse's negligent acts or omissions.’
      • ‘It was the wrongful act or omission of the offender which rendered him or her liable, not the unhappy result.’
      • ‘What acts or omissions can the claimant rely upon in relation to each defendant separately?’
      • ‘The present claims all arise from acts or omissions of the tribunal.’
      • ‘The words ‘any wrongful act or omission’ are in my view wide enough to encompass all wrongful acts or omissions.’
      • ‘We say that the liability resulted from the acts or omissions of negligence and the act or omission in relation to the trespass.’
      • ‘Could you give me some examples of sections which are express provisions related to negligent acts or omissions?’
      • ‘The first question is whether at the time of the negligent act or omission a judicial process existed.’
      • ‘As a general rule, however, there is no liability in tortious negligence for an omission, unless the defendant is under some pre-existing duty.’
      • ‘This type of case is complicated by the fact that the key element in D's conduct is an omission, the failure to alert V to the fact that the normal assumptions were untrue.’
      • ‘That is what I think is the situation here, unless you can persuade me otherwise. There was a negligent omission on the part of the employer.’
      • ‘It is possible that this would be constructive manslaughter, although there is doubt as to whether an omission can constitute an unlawful and dangerous act for this purpose.’
      negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, dereliction, forgetfulness, oversight, disregard, non-fulfilment, default, lapse, failure
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin omissio(n-), from the verb omittere (see omit).

Pronunciation

omission

/ə(ʊ)ˈmɪʃ(ə)n/