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Definition something left out that should have been included


a mistake resulting from neglect
  • She did not say something that wasn't true. Her lie was a lie of omission.
omission = leaving something out that should have been included
  • She looked for an omission in the list of planned expenses.
  • omission = missing item
  • We carry errors and omissions insurance.
  • omissions = mistakes resulting from neglect
  • The story was repeated; it was, in effect, exactly the same as before, without any deviation or omission.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • omission = something left out
  • Jack had meant to leave him in doubt, as an assertion of power; but Piggy by advertising his omission made more cruelty necessary.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • omission = being left out
  • "Finished," he said, speaking with that omission of syntax stupid people employ when talking to drunken people or foreigners.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  • omission = leaving out (something that should have been included)
  • They created brilliant omissions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Such omissions of devotion, of affection, she knows now, do not matter in the end.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • I would have answered, but Firnen had already hatched and I did not want to lie to you, even by omission.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • This is my final honoring to Kwang, my last offering, which is the sole way of giving I have known in my life: an omission, solemn and prone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Except by omission, she didn't even have to lie.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • If I tell Ma and Dad everything except about the deer, that's lying by omission, Ma says: not telling the whole truth.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  --  Shiloh
  • JUDGE Colonel Drummond, I regret this omission, in the confusion, and the—I neglected—(Up, to CATES!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • I noticed that he made no reference to the funeral, and this seemed to me a serious omission.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • How do you explain this voluntary omission?
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • I came to the rocky conclusion that a lie of omission was the only way to go.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Now he was smitten with compunction, yet irritated that so trifling an omission should be stored up against him after nearly two years of marriage.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Deep down, though, I could suddenly feel the weight of all my withholding, so many lies and omissions.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • But Mobutu was just getting organized in '61, and still given to peculiar omissions.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • An unintentional mistake resulted in the omission of his name from the list of those who had passed, or so Hisham decided.
    Alaa Al Aswany  --  The Kitchen Boy

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