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remiss

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Definition careless — especially with regard to a duty
  • I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
  • It was remiss of you not to pay your bills.
  • remiss = careless
  • Mr. Rushworth is never remiss.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • remiss = careless in performing duties
  • "Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let to-morrow go by without stopping up them holes."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • remiss = careless in not doing a duty well enough
  • ...nothing but having no horses of my own could have made me so remiss;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • remiss = inadequate performance (of a duty)
  • But there he is, and, by the bye, his absence may sufficiently account for any remissness of his sister's in writing, for there has been no 'Well, Mary, when do you write to Fanny?'
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • remissness = inadequate performance (of a duty)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Mrs. Norris began to look about her, and wonder that his falling in love with Julia had come to nothing; and could almost fear that she had been remiss herself in forwarding it; but with so many to care for, how was it possible for even her activity to keep pace with her wishes?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • remiss = negligent (careless in performing a duty)
  • Highly remiss, in my book.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Have I been remiss in anything?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I did not return the family of Flints any thanks for their cordial invitation—a remissness for which I was, no doubt, charged with base ingratitude.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "Ser, you've been remiss in teaching our new brothers their duties."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I regret to say this, Miss Kenton, but I believe you have been a little remiss in these respects.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Her mother called her remiss and indifferent.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Sometimes I thought that the fiend followed me and might expedite my remissness by murdering my companion.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Madame Lu once offered to put me in touch with Madame Stravinski, and I am remiss for not following up on this offer.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Not to wait upon a bride is very remiss.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • That he might not be remiss in his part of the engagement, he resolved to wait full two hours, on this third and last night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Don't it make him, perhaps, a little more remiss than usual in his visits to his blindly-doting — eh?'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • As soon as he had apologized for the remissness of his memory, he asked me if he should send Boots for Mr. Pumblechook?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "Faith! your ladyship must have thought me very remiss," said a voice suddenly, close to her elbow.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel

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