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definition of the word omission

by the Wiktionnary

Originally from Latin, omittere (to send). Post-classical Latin introduced the term omission; from the past participial stem of omittere, omiss- and the suffix -ion. This word was taken into Middle French and subsequently Anglo-Norman which heavily influenced the English language.



omission (plural omissions)

  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.

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”)

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