American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lax in attending to duty; negligent.
- adj. Exhibiting carelessness or slackness. See Synonyms at negligent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not energetic or diligent in performance; careless in performing duty or business; not complying with engagements at all, or not in due time; negligent; dilatory; slack.
- Wanting earnestness or activity; slow; relaxed; languid.
- Synonyms Neglectful, etc. (see negligent), careless, thoughtless, inattentive, slothful, backward, behindhand.
- n. An act of negligence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not energetic or exact in duty or business; not careful or prompt in fulfilling engagements; negligent; careless; tardy; behindhand; lagging; slack; hence, lacking earnestness or activity; languid; slow.
- n. obsolete The act of being remiss; inefficiency; failure.
- adj. failing in what duty requires
- Middle English, from Latin remissus, past participle of remittere, to remit, slacken; see remit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Obviously Schmitt was either not involved in the leadership discussion, or the Society was remiss is not expressing a contrary statement of disagreement”
“I'm remiss is not previously mentioning the KING 5 debate did not include any questions on terrorist detainee policy which Maria Cantwell voted against, or the terrorist surveillance program which earlier passed the House and will be before the Senate during its post-election lame duck session.”
“And as I have been busy lately, being wacky happy, I have been remiss is giving a shout out to the newest soldier in the War On Dogma ... gotta say hey to my newest reader, the lover cyber-geisha herself, sayaka.”
“But I should point out that one area where we have been particularly remiss is in working with the aboriginal populations of this country.”
“For those of you joining this series late, I have dubbed the remiss friend who turns your manuscript into a doorstop Gladys, but feel free to give her any face you like.”
“By calling the remiss Gladys and asking for your manuscript back.”
“But though the Puritans never could be called remiss in respect of making due provision for the necessities of this life, yet all was done with a view to the conditions of the life to come; and in the annals of the time we read more of the prayers and fasts, the choosing of ministers, and the promotion and practice of godliness in general, than we do of any temporal matters.”
“Yes, it would be sooooo "remiss" not to parrot HRC/GOP talking points.”
“The only way to get out of it gracefully is to call the remiss Gladys or send her an e-mail, if you’re afraid that you’ll yell at her BEFORE you have lost your temper completely and ask for the manuscript back.”
“Alvin McEwen wrote he'd be "remiss" if he didn't point out that Porter said this prayer "in front of a huge multitude during one of those dreary we have to save American values from the forces of secular evil conferences which religious right organizations seem to hold more often than World Wrestling Entertainment hosts wrestling pay-per-views." article, author Dr. Charles Cogan mocked former Alaskan Gov.”
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