Definition of remission noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈmɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmɪʃn//
    [uncountable, countable] Prison, Recovering from illness
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  1. 1a period during which a serious illness improves for a time and the patient seems to get better The patient has been in remission for the past six months. The symptoms reappeared after only a short remission. a period of remission See related entries: Recovering from illness
  2. 2(British English) a reduction in the amount of time somebody spends in prison, especially because they have behaved well With remission for good behaviour, he could be out by the end of the year. She has been granted a remission of sentence. He lost two months’ remission after he attacked another prisoner. Wordfindercell, death row, discharge, justice, parole, prison, probation, remission, sentence, warder See related entries: Prison
  3. 3(formal) an act of reducing or cancelling the amount of money that somebody has to pay New businesses may qualify for tax remission. There is a partial remission of fees for overseas students.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, or from Latin remissio(n-), from remittere ‘send back, restore’, from re- ‘back’ + mittere ‘send’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: remission