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remission (n.)

c. 1200, remissioun, "forgiveness or pardon (of sins)," from Old French remission "forgiveness (of sins), relief" (12c.) and directly from Latin remissionem (nominative remissio) "relaxation, diminishing," etymologically "a sending back, sending away," noun of action from past-participle stem of remittere "slacken, let go, abate" (see remit).

From late 14c. as "release from duty or obligation." Of diseases, fevers, "abatement, temporary subsidence," from early 15c. General sense of "diminution of force or effects" is from c. 1600. By 1736 as "abatement of penalty or punishment."

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Definitions of remission from WordNet

remission (n.)
an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease);
his cancer is in remission
Synonyms: remittal / subsidence
remission (n.)
a payment of money sent to a person in another place;
Synonyms: remittance / remittal / remitment
remission (n.)
(law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court);
Synonyms: remitment / remit
remission (n.)
the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance;
Synonyms: absolution / remittal / remission of sin
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