Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of being remiss; carelessness; negligence; tardiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being remiss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being remiss; Blackness: carelessness; negligence; lack of ardor or vigor; lack of attention to any business, duty, or engagement in the proper time or with the requisite industry.
  • n. Synonyms Oversight, etc. See negligence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being lax and neglectful

Etymologies

From remiss +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes I thought that the fiend followed me, and might expedite my remissness by murdering my companion.

    Chapter 19

  • I wish to apologize for putting you to the inconvenience of having to come over and apprise me of my remissness.

    Empire of Dreams

  • But negligence or remissness on the part of the cruisers stationed to maintain the blockade, may excuse persons, under circumstances, for violating the blockade.

    Boarding a ship in international waters

  • As it was my intention to answer it while away from home, my remissness was wrong.

    New Letters from Charles Brown to Joseph Severn

  • As long as she has it, her remissness going to keep sapping your energy, at least a little; resentment can suck up an awful lot of vim.

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  • The vexation such remissness occasioned, interrupted her sleep; yet she trusted there still might be time to forward it to Richmond, before she departed for the Hebrides.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • Dr. Marchmont was silent, and they walked out of the room together; leaving the deceived Camilla persuaded he was so indifferent with regard to the old peer, that all her influence was lost, and all her late exertions were thrown away, by one evening's remissness in exciting his fears of a young rival.

    Camilla

  • Camilla felt sorry and ashamed; but too much disturbed to attempt any palliation for her non-appearance, and remissness of even a note or message.

    Camilla

  • Risk not, my dear girl, to others, those outward marks of sensibility which, to common or unfeeling observers, seem but the effect of an unbecoming remissness in the self-command which should dignify every female who would do herself honour.

    Camilla

  • Impunity and remissness, for certain, are the bane of a commonwealth; but here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

    Areopagitica

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