AskDefine | Define remission

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈmɪʃən/, /rI"mIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


  1. A lessening of amount due, as in either work or money or intensity of a thing.
  2. A pardon of a sin; the forgiveness of an offense.
  3. An abatement or lessening of the manifestations of a disease.
    Her cancer was in remission.
  4. To refer a case back to a lower (inferior) court of law.






Extensive Definition

Remission may refer to:
  • Remission (medicine), the state of absence of disease activity in patients with a chronic illness, with the possibility of return of disease activity
  • Remission (spectroscopy), the reflection or scattering of light by a material
remission in German: Remission

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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