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remiss

adjective

Definition: careless or negligent about an expected duty

Synonyms: culpable, delinquent, heedless, negligent, slack, careless

Antonyms: responsible, dutiful, diligent, attentive

Tips: Remiss is a good word to use for an intelligent sounding apology, such as "I was remiss in not informing you." By the same token, remiss can be used in a critique that is not too harsh, yet is clearly about negligence. To be remiss is to lack forethought and to be negligent.

Usage Examples:

You were remiss in not informing me about his call. (negligent, slack)

The student was remiss in the overuse of his parent's credit card for recreational purposes. (delinquent, culpable)

It was remiss of me not to pay my bills on time, and now I'm stuck with late payment fees. (delinquent, negligent)

It was remiss of you to miss your deadline. (heedless, slack, delinquent)


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