Definition of remission in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈmiSH(ə)n/


1The cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty: the plan 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
formal abrogation
1.1A diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain; a temporary recovery: ten out of twenty 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
1.2 formal Forgiveness of sins.
Example sentences
  • 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
formal exculpation
1.3British The reduction of a prison sentence, especially as a reward for good behavior.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: re·mis·sion

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