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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun omission:

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Definition of the noun omission

What does omission mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: omissions

  1. a mistake resulting from neglect
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of omission: skip
    • more generic words: error / fault / mistake = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    • more specific word: failure = an unexpected omission
  2. something that has been omitted
    • example: she searched the table for omissions
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: disuse / neglect = the state of something that has been unused and neglected
  3. any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of omission: deletion
    • more generic term: linguistic process = a process involved in human language
    • more specific words:
      • aphaeresis / apheresis = omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
      • aphesis = the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
      • elision = omission of a sound between two words
      • eclipsis / ellipsis = omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
  4. neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something

Alternative definition of the noun omission


  1. The act of omitting.
  2. The act of neglecting to perform an action one has an obligation to do.
  3. Something deleted or left out.
  4. Something not done or neglected.
  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.


Omission is a musical group.

  • album: "Refuse Regress"


  1. Omission: In the criminal law, an omission, or failure to act, will constitute an actus reus and give rise to liability only when the law imposes a duty to act and the defendant is in breach of that duty.
  2. Omission a.k.a. Sin of omission: In Catholic teaching an omission is a failure to do something one can and ought to do. If this happens advertently and freely, it is considered a sin.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Omission

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Google previewIn the Hearts of the People (2009)

by Lowell Tollefson

The omission is the absence of an effective guard against a particular center of power—the economic interests.

Google previewDiscourses on the Scope and Nature of University Education (2010)

Addressed to the Catholics of Dublin by John Henry Newman

the unwritten, taken by itself, is but a part of that whole, so in turn Revelation itself may be viewed as one of the constituent parts of human knowledge, considered as a whole, and its omission is the omission of one of those constituent parts.

Google previewModern Introductory Physics (1999)

by Charles H. Holbrow, J. N. Lloyd, J. C. Amato

One serious omission is the absence of a discussion of the distribution of velocities of atoms. At any instant the gas atoms have a range of velocities, and it is possible to predict how many atoms will have which velocities. The deduction and ...

Google previewStill Lifting, Still Climbing (1999)

Contemporary African American Women's Activism by Kimberly Springer

It appears that Brown's omission is a calculated one. Disclosing the sodomizing of Seale—as if the beating ...

Google previewEarly Western Travels, 1748-1846 (2007)

by Reuben Gold Thwaites

The principal omission is that of the very extensive vocabularies of the languages of the different Indian tribes.8 They are written so as to represent the pronunciation in German, and have, in numerous instances, special directions, as thus: ...

Google previewNew Paradigms for Financial Regulation (2012)

Emerging Market Perspectives by Masahiro Kawai, Eswar S. Prasad

The glaring omission is any direct reference to the comovement ofan individualfirm's assets with the aggregate financial sector in a crisis. Also, like Basel III, Dodd-Frank provides for an explicit minimum leverage ratio (capital over total assets) ...

Google previewBilingualism in Development (2001)

Language, Literacy, and Cognition by Ellen Bialystok

The omission is a consideration of the social reality that embraces and defines every encounter with language by each individual. Socioeconomics and Learning Grosjean (1982) captures the essence of how social factors infiltrate the life of ...

Google previewReports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas, and Other Courts (1823)

From Michaelmas Term, 48 Geo. III. 1807, to [Hilary Term, 59 Geo. III. 1819] Both Inclusive. With Tables of the Cases and Principal Matters by Great Britain. Court of Common Pleas

But here, the want of the averment is particularly assigned, and the omission is a good cause of special demurrer, stat. 4 Ann (c), Wightman v. Mullins.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1889)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

The omission of a figure cannot be supplied in an indictment. State v. Street. 1 Tayl. (N. Car.) 158. Omission "of "Did." — An indictment charging that the defendant " then and there, without lawful authority, molest, ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

The omission to do something which a reasonable man, guided by those considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs, would do, or the doing something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do. 11 Ex. 784.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

The causes were reported to have been responsible for failures involving omission or commission and for failures to prospective and retrospective tasks. The first column shows the percentage of participants reporting a cause for a memory ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition Omission neglect refers to insensitivity to missing information of all types—including unmentioned or unknown options, alternatives, features, properties, characteristics, possibilities, and events. When people fail to think about what ...

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Omission Meaning

Video shows what omission means. The act of omitting.. The act of neglecting to perform an action one has an obligation to do.. Something deleted or left out..

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Quotes about Omission

In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation. (Michael Monahan)
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Scrabble value of O1M3I1S1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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