Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of omitting.
  • noun The state of having been omitted.
  • noun Something omitted or neglected.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of omitting.
  • noun The act of leaving out: as, the omission of a paragraph in a printed article.
  • noun That which is omitted or left out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of omitting; neglect or failure to do something required by propriety or duty.
  • noun That which is omitted or is left undone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of omitting.
  • noun The act of neglecting to perform an action one has an obligation to do.
  • noun Something deleted or left out.
  • noun Something not done or neglected.
  • noun grammar The shortening of a word or phrase, using an apostrophe ( ' ) to replace the missing letters, often used to approximate the sound of speech or a specific dialect.

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

  • noun something that has been omitted
  • noun any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
  • noun neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
  • noun a mistake resulting from neglect

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin omissiō, omissiōn-, from Latin omissus, past participle of omittere, to disregard; see omit.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally from Latin, omittere ("to send"). Post-classical Latin introduced the term omission; from the past participial stem of omittere, omiss- and the suffix -ion. This word was taken into Middle French and subsequently Anglo-Norman which heavily influenced the English language.

Examples

  • In an accompanying editorial, Katie Weinger of Harvard Medical School's department of psychiatry says one danger of insulin omission is that doctors who treat patients with low adherence may mistake poor blood glucose readings for the need for more insulin.

    57% of diabetics occasionally skip insulin shots on purpose

  • Fans may see this as a missed opportunity to see the classic Dinobot lineup of Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl and Swoop, but Furman thinks their omission is a pragmatic decision.

    No Dinobots In ‘Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen’ — Original Film Consultant Explains Why » MTV Movies Blog

  • If you've never been listed in Wikipedia, you can always argue that your omission is an oversight.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • If you've never been listed in Wikipedia, you can always argue that your omission is an oversight.

    Crappy Weather; Staying Inside to Blog and Do Laundry

  • This omission is a pity for two reasons: Anderson has for years lived and taught in the United States, and does not exhibit the snobbish yet lumpen contempt for American society that is so often found on the European Left; and it would certainly be fascinating to see his full attention engaged on the irony that the United States is simultaneously the most conservative and the most radicalizing force on the planet.

    What’s Left?

  • This omission is a pity for two reasons: Anderson has for years lived and taught in the United States, and does not exhibit the snobbish yet lumpen contempt for American society that is so often found on the European Left; and it would certainly be fascinating to see his full attention engaged on the irony that the United States is simultaneously the most conservative and the most radicalizing force on the planet.

    What’s Left?

  • Anyone who thinks this "omission" is acceptable needs to remove the sheet and pointy hat and look around this fine country.

    Obama: Virginia governor's slavery omission 'unacceptable'

  • Many of those characters will be edited in later for a longer DVD cut, but their omission is not just felt by me as a fan of the graphic novel.

    “Watchmen” reduces themes, expectations » Scene-Stealers

  • I somehow hit a glut of classics reading without ever getting to a single one of his – but the omission is duly noted and shall be rectified post haste!

    On E M Forster « Tales from the Reading Room

  • The omission from the board is a stinging rebuke for Mr. Bucksbaum in particular.

    General Growth Scion Denied Seat

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