Definition of remiss in English:



  • predicative Lacking care or attention to duty; negligent.

    ‘it would be very remiss of me not to pass on that information’
    • ‘It was, of course, remiss of me not to have mentioned this in the first place.’
    • ‘The council itself was remiss in not having had the building listed.’
    • ‘The advice isn't entirely remiss, but over the years, such glib counsel has resulted in a preponderance of breezy, aimless books long on episodic family humour but short on meaning.’
    • ‘‘It would be remiss not to consider this in the future,’ he said.’
    • ‘And yet, I'd be remiss (not to mention dishonest) if I didn't admit to at least somewhat enjoying it.’
    • ‘Although our news media are very remiss in educating the public on the great economic tragedy now unfolding, they do unwittingly disclose some frightening facts.’
    • ‘But we'd be remiss if we neglected to spread the word about what might be the Upper East Side's best gourmet bargain.’
    • ‘Many of us have been remiss over the years in not again saying thank you, so I want to do so now.’
    • ‘I would be remiss in my hero-worship not to mention Marlon's darker aspects.’
    • ‘The private sector is also often remiss when it comes to service.’
    • ‘A sense of intensifying demographic crisis, and the message that we are remiss in not doing enough saving, doesn't produce positive social change or even good policy.’
    • ‘This is definitely remiss of those behind the study.’
    • ‘First of all, I think the networks are remiss not to show them to us.’
    • ‘Having said all of this though, I believe that it would be remiss of me if I did not challenge Ms Cherry to substantiate her very strong statement.’
    • ‘It would be sort of remiss for us to talk about this without saying, well, these guys just really aren't trained to do counseling.’
    • ‘In this department it would be remiss to single out anyone, but one recalls one crunching tackle by Richard Berney on Cantan, when the full back came into the line with a touch down at his mercy.’
    • ‘And really, we don't know what happened, and I'd be remiss to even speculate about what did happen.’
    • ‘It is important that correct procedures are followed, and the Belgians were remiss.’
    • ‘But avant-garde venues were often remiss even in this.’
    • ‘The Manager of the Libraries was a bit remiss in not mentioning that the only reason the mayor was not present at the meeting was because his wife was having a baby on the day.’
    negligent, neglectful, irresponsible, careless, thoughtless, heedless, unthinking, unmindful, lax, slack, slipshod, lackadaisical, forgetful, inattentive, unheeding
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Late Middle English: from Latin remissus ‘slackened’, past participle of remittere. The early senses were ‘weakened in colour or consistency’ and (in describing sound) ‘faint, soft’.