remiss

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•miss /rɪˈmɪs/USA pronunciation   adj. [be + ~]
  1. careless;
    negligent:I would be remiss in my duties if I did not welcome our guest.
See -mis-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•miss  (ri mis),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.:He's terribly remiss in his work.
  2. characterized by negligence or carelessness.
  3. lacking force or energy;
    languid;
    sluggish.
re•missly, adv. 
re•missness, n. 
  • Latin remissus (past participle of remittere to send back, slacken, relax); see remit
  • late Middle English 1375–1425
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged derelict, thoughtless, lax, slack, neglectful.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dilatory, slothful, slow.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
remiss /rɪˈmɪs/ adj (postpositive)
  1. lacking in care or attention to duty; negligent
  2. lacking in energy; dilatory
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin remissus from remittere to release, from re- + mittere to send

reˈmissly adv reˈmissness n
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