- Omission is defined as the act of leaving something out, or not sharing some piece of information or the thing that is left out.
- An example of omission is when you neglect to mention how much your new outfit cost to your husband.
- An example of omission is the price of the new dress that you didn't reveal.
- an omitting or being omitted; specif., failure to do as one should
- anything omitted
Origin of omissionMiddle English omissioun; from Late Latin omissio
- The act or an instance of omitting.
- The state of having been omitted.
- Something omitted or neglected.
Origin of omissionMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin omissiō, omissiōn-, from Latin omissus, past participle of omittere, to disregard; see omit.
- The act of omitting.
- The act of neglecting to perform an action one has an obligation to do.
- Something deleted or left out.
- Something not done or neglected.
- (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.
Following are common examples of omission using an apostrophe:
- six o’clock (shortening of “six of the clock”)
- The high school class of ’69 (shortening of “1969”)
- O’er there (shortening of “over there”)
- From Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
- S’pose people left money laying around where he was—what did he do? He collared it. S’pose he contracted to do a thing; and you paid him, and didn’t set down there and see that he done it—what did he do? He always done the other thing. S’pose he opened his mouth—what then? If he didn't shut it up powerful quick, he'd lose a lie, every time. That’s the kind of a bug Henry was; and if we’d ’a’ had him along ’stead of our kings, he’d ’a’ fooled that town a heap worse than ourn done.
omission - Legal Definition
- Something left out or left undone.
- The act of neglecting to do something required by law; especially one’s duty.
- The state of having been left out or undone.
- The act of leaving something out or not done. An omission may be deliberate or unintentional.