from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
- n. Law Neglect of a testator to mention a legal heir in his or her will.
- n. Christianity The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of passing by, disregarding or omitting.
- n. A rhetorical device in which the speaker emphasizes something by omitting it.
- n. The failure of a testator to name a legal heir in his will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past.
- n. A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a summary mention of it is made.” Called also paraleipsis.
- n. The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of passing over or by, or the state of being passed over or by.
- n. Specifically In Calvinistic theology, the doctrine that God, having elected to everlasting life such as should be saved, passed over the others.
- n. In rhetoric, a figure by which a speaker, in pretending to pass over anything, makes a summary mention of it: as, “I will not say he is valiant, he is learned, he is just.” Also pretermission.
- n. In law, the passing over by a testator of one of his heirs otherwise entitled to a portion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
Late Latin praeteritiō, praeteritiōn-, a passing over, from Latin praeteritus, past participle of praeterīre, to go by; see preterit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)