Definition of omission in English:


Syllabification: o·mis·sion
Pronunciation: /ōˈmiSHən


  • 1Someone or something that has been left out or excluded: there are glaring omissions in the report
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    • This was the glaring omission from not one but two local government bills announced on Wednesday.
    • This has been a glaring omission from other farm management texts, but one that has become more important with growth in the global economy.
    • A glaring omission from the speech was the 2003 budget, which is traditionally tabled along with the president's address.
  • 1.1The action of excluding or leaving out someone or something: the omission of recent publications from his bibliography
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    • The error of omission that excluded council from the lawsuit decision occurred under last year's leadership.
    • It's as clear an example in recent memory of committing bias by omission.
    • Still except for sundry exceptions of inadequate transference and omission, he renders them competently.
  • 1.2A failure to do something, especially something that one has a moral or legal obligation to do: to pay compensation for a wrongful act or omission
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    • As a general rule, however, there is no liability in tortious negligence for an omission, unless the defendant is under some pre-existing duty.
    • The words ‘any wrongful act or omission’ are in my view wide enough to encompass all wrongful acts or omissions.
    • Could you give me some examples of sections which are express provisions related to negligent acts or omissions?
    negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, dereliction, forgetfulness, oversight, default, lapse, failure



Pronunciation: /ōˈmisiv/
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  • To eliminate that from the experience seems omissive to me.
  • The omissive apostrophe signals a missing letter in contracted forms of words or phrases associated with spoken language and informal writing,
  • We partition both the asymmetric and symmetric fault modes into disjoint omissive and transmissive submodes.


late Middle English: from late Latin omissio(n-), from the verb omittere (see omit).

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