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Lax in attending to duty; negligent. See Synonyms at negligent.

[Middle English, from Latin remissus, past participle of remittere, to remit, slacken; see remit.]

re·miss′ly adv.
re·miss′ness n.
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For those men that are so remissly governed that they dare to take up arms to defend or introduce an opinion are still in war, and their condition not peace, but only a cessation of arms for fear of one another; and they live, as it were, in the precincts off battle continually.