Definition of remission in English:


Line breaks: re|mis¦sion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈmɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty: the scheme allows for the partial remission of tuition fees
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    • Students with family incomes of less than £31, 230 are eligible to receive partial fee remission from the government on a sliding scale.
    • This is evident when they propose to narrowly restrict eligibility for Third World debt remission so as not to offend the bankers of the West.
    • Where graduate students do not receive benefits and/or tuition remission, these goals should also be pursued.
    cancellation, setting aside, suspension, revocation, repeal, rescinding, abrogation
  • 1.1British The reduction of a prison sentence, especially as a reward for good behaviour: for every two days they work the prisoners earn one day’s remission of their sentence
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    • For one thing remission for good behaviour was one third of the sentence.
    • The Crown argued that the phrase ‘I have done the lot’ was slang for the removal of all remission of sentence resulting in a requirement to serve a full custodial term.
    • It was also noted that none of the prisoners had any private law right which he could have pursued, since remission of sentence was not a right but an indulgence.
    reduction in sentence, reduced sentence; allowance, deduction
  • 1.2 formal Forgiveness of sins.
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    • The individual benefits by remission of sins and spiritual training, but a prime purpose is to strengthen the solidarity of the Muslim community.
    • There will be absolution and remission of sins for all who die in the service of Christ.
    • The armed pilgrimage had not lost its allure, nor the promise of remission of sins.
    forgiveness, pardoning, absolution, exoneration, exculpation
    historical indulgence
  • 2A temporary diminution of the severity of disease or pain: ten patients remained in remission
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    • No single therapy has been proven effective at achieving complete remission in every patient.
    • Two of the five patients sustained complete remission of symptoms for more than a year prior to the study.
    • The patient had not yet achieved complete remission at the time of this report.
    respite, abeyance; diminution of intensity, diminution of severity, period of temporary recovery


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin remissio(n-), from remittere 'send back, restore' (see remit).

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