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

  • n. The act of remitting.
  • n. A condition or period in which something is remitted.
  • n. A lessening of intensity or degree; abatement.
  • n. Medicine Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
  • n. The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.
  • n. Release, as from a debt, penalty, or obligation.
  • n. Forgiveness; pardon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lessening of amount due, as in either work or money or intensity of a thing.
  • n. A pardon of a sin; the forgiveness of an offense.
  • n. An abatement or lessening of the manifestations of a disease.
  • n. Referring a case back to a lower (inferior) court of law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of remitting, surrendering, resigning, or giving up.
  • n. Discharge from that which is due; relinquishment of a claim, right, or obligation; pardon of transgression; release from forfeiture, penalty, debt, etc.
  • n. Diminution of intensity; abatement; relaxation.
  • n. A temporary and incomplete subsidence of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as destinguished from intermission, in which the disease completely leaves the patient for a time; abatement.
  • n. The act of sending back.
  • n. Act of sending in payment, as money; remittance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of remitting.
  • n. The act of sending to a distant place, as money; remittance.
  • n. Abatement; a temporary subsidence, as of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as distinguished from intermission, in which the disease leaves the patient entirely for a time.
  • n. Diminution or cessation of intensity; abatement; relaxation; moderation: as, the remission of extreme rigor; the remission of close study or of labor.
  • n. Discharge or relinquishment, as of a debt, claim, or right; a giving up: as, the remission of a tax or duty.
  • n. The act of forgiving; forgiveness; pardon; the giving up of the punishment due to a crime.
  • n. Synonyms Absolution, etc. See pardon.

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

  • n. a payment of money sent to a person in another place
  • n. (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
  • n. an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
  • n. the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin remissiō, remissiōn-, from remissus, past participle of remittere, to let go; see remit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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