1728, un- +‎ remitting, from remit,[1] from Latin [Term?], in now rare sense of “diminish, abate”. Not from (non-existent) *unremit.



unremitting (comparative more unremitting, superlative most unremitting)

  1. incessant; never slackening
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 4, in Frankenstein[1]:
      These thoughts supported my spirits, while I pursued my undertaking with unremitting ardour.
    • 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 467.
      We can achieve this god‐likeness only by unremitting and strenuous effort of the intellect.
    • 2004, Carlin, George, “IN THE FUTURE”, in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?[2], New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, OCLC 757869006, OL 24604921M, page 93:
      The human life span will be extended to 200 years, but the last 150 will be spent in unremitting pain and sadness.
    • 2011, Patrick Spedding; James Lambert, “Fanny Hill, Lord Fanny, and the Myth of Metonymy”, in Studies in Philology, volume 108, number 1, page 114:
      In fact, eighteenth-century British erotica has been the subject of unremitting attention for the last two decades.
    • 2021 July 14, Stefanie Foster, “Network News: Porterbrook takes over Long Marston rail site”, in RAIL, number 935, page 28:
      "To meet the ambitions set-out by the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, we need to have an unremitting focus upon sustainable delivery, innovation and collaboration. [...]."

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “unremitting”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.