miss-, mis-, -miss, -mis, mit-, mitt-, -mit, -mitt

(Latin: to send, to let go, to cause to go; to throw, to hurl, to cast)

Don't confuse this miss-, -mis unit with the following units: mis-, "bad, wrong"; miso-, mis-, "hate, hatred"; misc- "mix, mingle".

Ovem lupo committere.
To set a fox to keep the geese.

Don't get a fox to guard the geese [or chickens, ducks, etc.].

1. That which may be permitted; especially, according to some existing rule: "He made a permissible tax deduction."
2. Anything which may be accepted or conceded as being correct, possible, or considered.
1. The act of permitting someone to do something.
2. Consent, especially formal consent; authorization.

The following nouns indicate approval for a course of action that is granted by someone in authority:

  • He was refused permission to smoke anywhere in the building.
  • They were seeking authorization to begin construction of their house.
  • The parents gave their consent for the marriage to take place.
  • The student will ask leave to respond to the speaker of the lecture.
  • The foreign refugees were given license to depart from the city.
  • The authorities gave sanction for the project to begin tomorrow.

permissive (adjective), more permissive, most permissive
1. A reference to the acceptance or tolerance of something; such as, social behavior or linguistic usage, which other people might disapprove of or forbid: A very permissive school is one in which the children are allowed to do whatever they want to do instead of following rules of behavior.
2. Relating to the permission of or characterized by great or excessive freedom of behavior or usage of language that is generally not permitted: Newspaper writers usually are more permissive when they want to reveal details about criminal acts.
3. Etymology: from Latin permittere, "to permit" + -ivus, "pertaining to".
Pertaining to being lenient or tolerant.
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permissive hypercapnia (s) (noun), permissive hypercapnias (pl)
Artificially induced hypercapnia (more than the normal level of carbon dioxide in the blood) in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome or respiratory failure.

Done to lower the inspiratory pressure and tidal volume and the possibility of lung injury.

1. A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior.
2. A tendency or inclination to grant permission; tolerant or lenient.
1. To allow the doing of (something); consent to: "The restaurant will permit smoking only in a separate room away from the main dining room."
2. To grant consent or leave to (someone); to authorize: "She permitted him to explain."
3. To afford n opportunity or the possibility for doing something: "The weather may permit sailing."
premise, premiss (s) (noun); premises, premisses (pl)
1. A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn: Max disagreed with May's premise that the rainstorm would keep them from being able to go to school.
2. A statement in advance as an introduction or an explanation: Since Mark fell down and got his clothing all muddy, his premise to his mother justified his reason for returning home instead of going to see the movie.
3. Etymology: from Latin, praemittere, "to set in front"; prae- or pre-, "before" + mittere, "to send".
A statement considered to be true.
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pretermission (s) (noun), pretermissions (pl)
The situation of letting something pass by; omission: Sam's mother overlooked the pretermission of the button on his jacket.
pretermit (verb), pretermits; pretermitted; pretermitting
1. To leave undone or to neglect: Jerome pretermitted his homework and so he was not prepared for the quiz in his mathematics class when he went to school in the morning.
2. To suspend or to break off: Tom's television was pretermitted as a result of the severe storm that took place in the evening.
3. To deliberately ignore or to pass unnoticed: Lina was pretermitting her sister when she was wearing a new dress as she was about to go on a date with her boyfriend.
4. Etymology: from Latin praetermittere, from praeter, "beyond" from prae-, "before" + mittere, "to let go".
To fail to include or to omit.
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promise, promised, promising, promises
1. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.
2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: "a promise of spring in the air".
3. Indication of future excellence or success: "a player of great promise".
4. To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; to pledge: "left but promised to return".
5. To afford a basis for expecting: "thunderclouds that promise rain".
6. From Latin promissum, "a promise"; past participle of promittere "send forth, foretell, promise" from pro- "before" plus mittere "to put, to send".