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Etymology edit

From Middle English omissioun, from Old French omission, from Late Latin omissio, omissionem, from Latin omitto.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈmɪʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /oʊˈmɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən

Noun edit

omission (countable and uncountable, plural omissions)

  1. (uncountable) The act of omitting.
  2. (uncountable) The act of neglecting to perform an action one has an obligation to do.
    E&O insurance (for errors and omissions) covers both errors of commission and errors of omission.
  3. (countable) An instance of those acts, or the thing left out thereby; something deleted or left out.
    The suspicious omissions in the new edition of the book attracted claims of censorship.
  4. Something not done or neglected.
    The lack of a sponge count was an omission by the surgical team.
  5. (grammar) The shortening of a word or phrase, using an apostrophe ( ' ) to replace the missing letters, often used to approximate the sound of speech or a specific dialect.
    Hyponym: contraction

Usage notes edit

Following are common examples of omission using an apostrophe:

six oclock (shortening of “six of the clock”)
The high school class of 69 (shortening of “1969”)
Oer there (shortening of “over there”)
  • From Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
    Spose people left money laying around where he was—what did he do? He collared it. Spose he contracted to do a thing; and you paid him, and didn’t set down there and see that he done it—what did he do? He always done the other thing. Spose he opened his mouth—what then? If he didn't shut it up powerful quick, he'd lose a lie, every time. Thats the kind of a bug Henry was; and if wed a had him along stead of our kings, hed a fooled that town a heap worse than ourn done.

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Late Latin omissiōnem, from Latin omittō. See omettre and -tion.

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Noun edit

omission f (plural omissions)

  1. omission (act of omitting)
    Synonym: prétérition

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  1. Alternative form of omissioun