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OMIS'SION, noun [Latin omissio, from omitto, omissus.]

1. Neglect or failure to do something which a person had power to do, or which duty required to be done. omission may be innocent or criminal; innocent, when no duty demands performance, but criminal when duty is neglected.

The most natural division of all offenses, is into those of omission and those of commission.

2. A leaving out; neglect or failure; to insert or mention; as the omission of a word or clause.