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From Latin praetermitto.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹiːtəˈmɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɹidəɹˈmɪt/
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pretermit (third-person singular simple present pretermits, present participle pretermitting, simple past and past participle pretermitted)

  1. (transitive) To intentionally disregard (something), to ignore; to neglect or omit. [from 15th c.]
    • 1651, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, chapter 21, section 6:
      The liberty of a subject lieth, therefore, only in those things which, in regulating their actions, the sovereign hath praetermitted (such as is the liberty to buy, and sell, and otherwise contract with one another; to choose their own abode, their own diet, their own trade of life, and institute their children as they themselves think fit; and the like).
    • c. 1598, Francis Bacon, An Account of [] Compositions for Alienations:
      The fees, or allowances, that are termly given to these deputies, receiver, and clerks, for recompence of these their pains, I do purposely pretermit; because they be not certain, but arbitrary.
    • 1872, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Book II, chapter 20:
      ‘[V]arious subjects for annotation have presented themselves which, though I have no direct need of them, I could not pretermit.’

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