remission meaning

[ ri'miʃən ] Pronunciation:   "remission" in a sentence
Noun: remission  ri'mishun
  1. An abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
    "his cancer is in remission"
    - remittal, subsidence 
  2. A payment of money sent to a person in another place
    - remittance, remittal, remitment 
  3. (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
    - remitment, remit 
  4. The act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    - absolution, remittal, remission of sin

Derived forms: remissions

See also: remit

Type of: abatement, hiatus, payment, redemption, referral, reprieve, respite, salvation, suspension

Part of: penance

Encyclopedia: Remission

noun [U,C]

1 (formal)

an act of reducing or cancelling the amount of money that sb has to pay:

New businesses may qualify for tax remission.

There is a partial remission of fees for people claiming benefit.

The remission from interest payments on bank loans will not be enough to save the coffee planters.


a period during which a bad situation improves although it is likely to become bad again:

With brief periods of remission, the insurance company has been in crisis ever since the early 1990s.

Inflation is beginning to haunt Brazil's economy again after years in remission.

n. Cancellation of part of a prison sentence. Formerly, a prisoner could earn remission of one-third of his sentence by good behaviour in prison and was released upon remission without any conditions. However, a prisoner serving an extended sentence, or a prisoner serving more than 18 months' imprisonment, who was under the age of 21 when sentenced, could only be released on licence (see PAROLE). Remission of a sentence for good conduct was abolished by the Criminal Justice Act 1991, which specifies the conditions now required for the early release of prisoners.

n : a state or period during which the symptoms of a disease are abated ‹cancer in remission following chemotherapy› —compare ARREST, CURE 1 INTERMISSION


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  1. remission of sins is promised to those who repent.
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  4. prolonged remission or cure of patients following incomplete removal of their cancers is not uncommon.
  5. remission of stamp duty-exchange traded fund

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