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’
    ‘the government has been remiss in its duties’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First of all, I think the networks are remiss not to show them to us.’
    • ‘The council itself was remiss in not having had the building listed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And yet, I'd be remiss (not to mention dishonest) if I didn't admit to at least somewhat enjoying it.’
    • ‘Many of us have been remiss over the years in not again saying thank you, so I want to do so now.’
    • ‘But avant-garde venues were often remiss even in this.’
    • ‘And really, we don't know what happened, and I'd be remiss to even speculate about what did happen.’
    • ‘But we'd be remiss if we neglected to spread the word about what might be the Upper East Side's best gourmet bargain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is definitely remiss of those behind the study.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘It is important that correct procedures are followed, and the Belgians were remiss.’
    • ‘It was, of course, remiss of me not to have mentioned this in the first place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It would be remiss not to consider this in the future,’ he said.’
    negligent, neglectful, irresponsible, careless, thoughtless, heedless, unthinking, unmindful, lax, slack, slipshod, lackadaisical, forgetful, inattentive, unheeding
    lazy, dilatory, indolent
    disregardful, oscitant
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Late Middle English: from Latin remissus slackened past participle of remittere. The early senses were weakened in color or consistency and (in describing sound) faint, soft.